Democrats renew push for jobless benefits
Maybe they should open up their local paper and see all the jobs that are out there. Quit paying people not to work and they will take these jobs.
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Democrats will hold a national conference call Friday to highlight that the number of people who have lost unemployment benefits has reached 1.6 million.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) and Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) will lead the call, which caps a week of efforts targeted at Senate Republicans.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has urged colleagues to hold events in their districts Friday to build grassroots support for an extension of benefits that has stalled in the Senate.
“While House Republicans have ignored their plight by recessing without addressing this emergency, we think it’s important that House Democrats take action to amplify this critical issue,” her office wrote in a memo to colleagues.
Pelosi has encouraged lawmakers to hold press conferences, visit local employment centers and meet with local groups advocating for renewed benefits.
Also on Friday, labor groups pushing for extended benefits will hold an event in Nevada to pressure Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.), the Republican sponsor of a Senate proposal to renew lapsed unemployment assistance.
An organizer working on the national effort described the event targeted at Heller as “positive pressure.”