Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after news this week that 20,000 Nevadans will see their jobless benefits cut by 59 percent:
"This week, more than 20,000 Nevadans saw their unemployment benefits severely reduced through no fault of their own. The state's failure to adapt its archaic computer system may have made these cuts more drastic than necessary. But let's be clear: no reduction in unemployment benefits should have been necessary. To Nevadans, this is just the latest effect of the federal budget cuts, know as sequestration, that have already caused reductions in meals for seniors and enrollment in the Head Start program.
Regrettably, my Republican colleagues seem to think that sequestration is a good idea. That simply is not the case. Unless Republicans chose to work with us to replace the sequester with a balanced solution that combines smart cuts with revenue measures that close tax loopholes, this will continue. Nevadans looking for work want nothing more than a job. But we need Republicans to join Democrats to create jobs and to fund investment in our economy and in our people to stimulate the job growth we need."