Republicans hold unemployment insurance extension hostage in order to get tax cuts for the rich

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted today against an extension of the tax cut for middle-income families. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are blocking all legislation – including unemployment benefits for 2 million jobless workers who are losing their benefits as a result of the Republicans' actions – until they get a vote on extending tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Here's what Rich Trumka had to say today:

This morning's disastrous jobs report should wake up Capitol Hill, where Senate Republicans have been outrageously and unconscionably blocking the restoration of unemployment insurance for millions of Americans while demanding tax cuts for millionaires. The unemployment rate is once again painfully close to double digits at 9.8%, with the economy adding only 39,000 jobs last month.


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