Political Games Halt Unemployment Benefits and Transportation Projects

Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) recently blocked key legislation that would have extended several critical priorities for middle class families. That legislation covered tax credits for COBRA health coverage, unemployment insurance for 400,000 people, as well as the short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. The Fund supports all surface transportation programs for the nation – highways, bridges, transit and safety inspections, as well as efforts to encourage seat belt use and to fight distracted and impaired driving.

“As American families are struggling in tough economic times, I am keenly disappointed that political games are putting a stop to important construction projects around the country,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This means that construction workers will be sent home from job sites because federal inspectors must be furloughed.”

Click here to view the job loss estimate from the National Employment Law Project.

Click here for a list of weekly job loss by state.

Click here to read the statement from AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka about Senator Jim Bunning blocking this legislation.

Take Action – Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators’ office.

Tell your Senator:

Millions of Americans are surviving on unemployment insurance and simply can’t find jobs.  It would be irresponsible for Congress to allow benefits to lapse due to inaction.  Enough is enough!  The Senate must extend unemployment insurance through the end of the year.  Support the unemployment extension and push your leadership to act now!

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