July 27, 2020

Luján Statement on Senate GOP Plan to Cut Federal Unemployment Assistance for Struggling Americans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans unveiled their proposal to cut Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program benefits from $600 to $200 a week. 

“The $600 dollar enhanced unemployment benefit has been a lifeline for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has allowed families to keep a roof over their heads, feed their children, and pay their bills. Slashing this benefit by two-thirds unfairly punishes Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and it reduces cash flow that is vital to keeping small businesses and our economy afloat right now. We should give working families the same protections that we give businesses and corporations.

“The Heroes Act, which was passed by the House over two months ago, included an extension of the full $600 unemployment benefit, and Senate Republicans refused to bring it up for a vote. They’re the only ones who don’t want to work.”

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