July 24, 2020
BIRMINGHAM – U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama today issued the following statement calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to include an extension of emergency unemployment benefits—which are set to expire in the next week—in the next COVID-19 relief legislation:
“I have heard from people all over Alabama who have lost work and are relying on unemployment assistance during the pandemic. This economic crisis is impacting everyone in every ZIP code. For weeks, I have spent my time in Washington pushing for another relief bill that would include an extension of emergency unemployment benefits, as well as other things like funding for schools to reopen safely, incentives for states to expand Medicaid and funding for state and local governments hit hard by this downturn. I also have been consistent in saying that I believe people who have the ability to return to work safely should do so.
“The expiration of these benefits will lead to further suffering and food scarcity. People will be unable to pay their rent or make mortgage payments. In the middle of a public health crisis, many people may be unable to access health care because of their inability to pay.
“I am deeply disappointed at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s consistent refusal to even consider relief as this critical deadline approached. I am ready to vote to extend emergency benefits as soon as a bill to do so is brought to the floor. I hope Senator McConnell will come to his senses and work quickly to address this on behalf of the American people.”