79 Days After Gardner Said Recess Would be “Unfathomable,” He Takes *Another* Long Weekend, Again Fails to Deliver COVID Relief

79 Days After Gardner Said Recess Would be “Unfathomable,” He Takes *Another* Long Weekend, Again Fails to Deliver COVID Relief

Nearly Three Months Since House Democrats Passed Bill for Emergency Jobless Payments, Aid for Schools, Hospitals, & Local Governments

Denver, CO – 79 days after Senator Cory Gardner pulled a political stunt and said it would be “unfathomable” to go on recess without further relief, Gardner and Senate Republicans are taking another long weekend to campaign — adding to their two vacations and two weeks of “infighting” — without delivering COVID relief. 330,000 Coloradans depending on emergency unemployment insurance to pay the bills and support their families have now seen that lifeline expire  after Gardner broke his promise that there was “no doubt” urgent jobless aid would be extended.


House Democrats passed pandemic relief legislation nearly three months ago to fully restore emergency unemployment insurance programs and provide aid to our schools, hospitals, and local governments —but Gardner and Mitch McConnell have refused to even discuss the bill. While Coloradans are calling on Gardner to stop playing politics and deliver the needed relief, Gardner hasn’t listened and even admitted that he supports slashing the emergency unemployment insurance.

Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:

“Senator Gardner and Mitch McConnell have failed to deliver needed COVID relief for Coloradans. The only thing ‘unfathomable’ is Gardner and the GOP taking another long weekend while Coloradans struggle.” 

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