While the political standoff continues in Washington, the number of residents in Missouri’s Fifth District, who have been cut off from their unemployment insurance continues to grow.
- There are now 1.6 million Americans who have lost this critical lifeline to support their families.
- These are Americans who are searching for work.
- Another 72,000 people will lose unemployment insurance every week unless and until it is extended.
Again, I say, we can do better than this as a nation. These are our neighbors. These are our friends. These are fellow Americans who have played by the rules, and still lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Extending unemployment insurance is not a game. It’s not a political weapon to be wielded for leverage. It is a tool that began with bipartisan support years ago, one that has received bipartisan support in the years since, and one that should have it now. It’s not only important for these families, it is important for the recovery of the overall economy. And it’s the right thing to do.