Monday, 01 March 2010
Fifteen thousand unemployed workers in Illinois will lose their unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies at midnight tonight due to a Republican filibuster of legislation that would extend the benefits for 30 days, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin D-IL said today at a news conference with unemployed workers at the National Able Network.
Last Thursday night and Friday morning, Durbin led Senate efforts to pass a 30-day extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies that are set to expire, but one Republican Senator stood in the way by repeatedly objecting.
“Playing politics with working families is cruel,” Durbin said. “I will not stop until we have provided the assistance that struggling families in Illinois and all across America desperately need.”