(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement after Republicans once again blocked a critical bill that would have extended unemployment insurance for people out of work in Washington state.
“I am absolutely
furious that once again Republicans have blocked us from passing an extension
of critically needed support for struggling families in Washington state. By
blocking this bill, Republicans have shown yet again that they put posturing
before people, politics before families, and point scoring before the needs of
have received hundreds of letters from Washington residents asking, and
sometimes pleading, for these critical benefits to be restored. People have
written to me about living off credit cards, moving in with family, and going
to food banks for their meals. It's a lifeline many in our state thought they
would never need, but now don’t know what they would do without.
“I am going to keep fighting to help Washington state workers get the support they need to keep their head above water while they look for work. I urge Republicans to stop blocking passage and work with us to get this done.”