Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today released the following statement after the House passed an extension of unemployment insurance through November 30.
"It is truly outrageous that the Senate has adjourned for the July 4th recess without passing an extension of unemployment insurance. The House has passed this extension time and time again, only to be met with obstruction from the Senate. In late May, the Senate passed an over $30 billion emergency appropriation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our unemployed workers--including 80,000 in Illinois who lost benefits just last week--are facing their own emergency. If Congress can find the money for these wars, it can afford to provide struggling Americans this modest assistance during a recession. The Senate should interrupt their recess to come back and approve this bill."