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Statement on Senate Vote To Extend Unemployment Insurance

  Kimberly Freeman Brown: “While today's vote is a relief to millions of families, Congress must still prioritize getting Americans back to work before leaving for summer vacation"

July 21, 2010

Doug Pennington
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Washington, D.C. –On news that the U.S. Senate passed the 60-vote threshold to extend unemployment insurance for millions of America's jobless, Kimberly Freeman Brown, Executive Director of American Rights at Work, released the following statement:

"Today's long overdue Senate vote is a godsent to the 2.5 million out-of-work Americans who were left  without unemployment insurance in the worst economy since the Great Depression.  Despite the efforts of anti-worker Republicans to stall this critical legislation, struggling families will soon be able to pay their bills as they continue the search for scarse jobs, while boosting consumer spending (in the process).

But let me be clear: while yesterday's vote is a relief to working families, Congress must not go on vacation without doing everything it can to stimulate good job creation and put America back to work. With the August recess fast approaching, America's workers - those with jobs and the 14.6 million without - will be watching very closely."



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American Rights at Work – http://www.americanrightsatwork.org – is the nation's leading labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to freely and fairly form unions and engage in collective bargaining.