NEW: Gardner & GOP Let Emergency Unemployment Insurance Expire, Now Push to Slash it by Two-Thirds
FIRST Senator Cory Gardner and Senate Republicans let emergency unemployment benefits expire that 330,000 Coloradans are relying on to put food on the table, pay rent, and care for their families.
While House Democrats passed sweeping legislation over two and a half months ago to restore funding to this vital program and support our frontline workers and hospitals, Gardner and Mitch McConnell refused to even debate the bill and now millions of Americans are left out to dry.
See below for more on Gardner’s broken promise to extend unemployment insurance and the “terrifying” position 330,000 Coloradans are in as a result:
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From: Eli Rosen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 1:13 PM
Subject: Gardner Breaks Promise to Extend Unemployment Insurance — Now 330,000 Coloradans in “Terrifying” Position
Gardner Breaks Promise to Extend Unemployment Insurance — Now 330,000 Coloradans in “Terrifying” Position
Gardner Took Two Week Vacation, Wasted A Week “Bickering,” & Posed for Photos with A Trump Instead of Acting on Expiring Emergency Payments
Denver, CO – Today, the Denver Post reports that more than 330,000 Coloradans are put in a “terrifying” position after Senator Cory Gardner broke his promise that the Senate wouldn’t “drop the ball” and failed to extend unemployment insurance, an emergency lifeline that Colorado families have relied on to put food on the table and pay rent. Gardner’s failure to deliver for the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans sparked two separate protests, but instead of listening to the “frighten[ed]” Coloradans, Gardner spent last week campaigning with Ivanka Trump.
It has been two months, two vacations, and one week of “infighting” since Gardner said it would be “unfathomable” for the Senate to leave Washington without passing further COVID relief, but Gardner folded like a lawn chair to Mitch McConnell and has failed to deliver for Coloradans. The Democrat-controlled House passed the HEROES Act more than ten weeks ago to extend unemployment benefits and provide resources for testing, treatment, and hospitals, but Gardner and McConnell have refused to act.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are relying on emergency unemployment to put food on the table and pay rent, and now they’re left empty-handed because of Senator Cory Gardner’s failed leadership in Washington. Instead of fighting for Coloradans, Gardner took two vacations, played politics for a week, and flew home to pose for photos with the Trump family. Coloradans need relief now and Cory Gardner isn’t delivering.”