Senate Majority Fails Those in Need

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July 21,2010                                                                                                                                                                            

(Madison) “Senate Majority leaders failed to act to help the unemployed,” said State Senator Kathleen Vinehout. Senate Republican leaders failed to take up a bill to extend unemployment benefits. Extended benefits ran out April 16th.

“People are desperately seeking jobs. Constituents tell me there are dozens of applicants for one job. They hear of a job in the morning and it’s filled by the afternoon,” Vinehout said. “People are still waiting for assistance. Without this help they cannot buy food for their children or pay rent.”

The Senate passed a bill to accept unused federal dollars to extend unemployment benefits. The Assembly made changes to the bill and Senate Republican leaders did not hold a scheduled Senate session to agree with action in the Assembly.  By not acting the Senate Majority is delaying the extension of unemployment benefits.

“Failure to pass the unemployment extension is part of a much bigger pattern of hurting those who are struggling,” said Vinehout.  “As a civilized society, we have a moral obligation to care for those who have the least.”

Contact: Sen. Vinehout 608-266-8546


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