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July 21, 2010 Wednesday 11:06 AM EST
SEN. ROCKEFELLER ISSUES STATEMENT ON SENATE VOTE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
WASHINGTON, July 20 — The office of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., issued the following news release:
Senator Jay Rockefeller issued the following statement after the Senate successfully passed an extension of unemployment insurance (UI) by a vote of 60-40 – with newly sworn-in Senator Carte Goodwin casting his first vote. This was a cloture vote to extend UI for those Americans who qualify until November 30, 2010.
“Finally, West Virginians and millions of Americans will get the help and reassurance they need and deserve in this tough economy,” said Senator Rockefeller. “West Virginians have been calling my office every day worried – worried about paying the bills and supporting their families while they look for a job.
“Repeated attempts to block the extension of unemployment benefits have added more uncertainty and worry for people who are already struggling every day. Our highest priorities must be to create jobs, rebuild our economy, and extend a helping hand to those who are without work through no fault of their own. In the past, helping the unemployed was always something that united us, and it angers me that this has been held up at the expense of Americans in need.
“West Virginians look out for one another when times are tough – that’s our core value. And today West Virginia’s newest Senator, Carte Goodwin, made us proud by casting one of the needed votes to move this forward. I am confident that Senator Goodwin will do all he can to help all of West Virginia’s hard working citizens and represent our great state with honor in Washington.”
Senate Republicans have voted to block UI extension three times prior to today. A short term UI extension was adopted in April to extend UI benefits for two months, but they expired as of the first week of June. According to WorkForce West Virginia, West Virginia’s unemployment rate in June was 8.6 percent and approximately 12,348 West Virginians need the UI extension to get by. For more information please contact: Sarabjit Jagirdar, Email:- email@example.com
July 21, 2010