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FRANKFORT – Alison Lundergan Grimes released the following statement ahead of today’s expected Senate vote to extend unemployment insurance benefits:

“Today the Commonwealth will see if Mitch McConnell is willing to put politics aside and do what is right for thousands of Kentuckians. My opponent has the opportunity to do his part in restoring benefits for unemployed Kentuckians who face economic hardships beyond their control. This is no time to turn our backs on the thousands of families across the Commonwealth that are struggling to find jobs and put food on the table. I call on Mitch McConnell to join the bipartisan coalition working to extend unemployment insurance and show Kentucky he’s willing to put the Commonwealth’s interests before his own.”


Another McConnell Vote Against Unemployment Insurance Could Leave An Estimated 53,000 Kentuckians Struggling To Make Ends Meet. In December 2013, WFPL reported that “The emergency benefits were created five years ago under President George W. Bush to combat the recession, and it now gives workers up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation. But for the first time lawmakers have failed to renew the assistance, which means an estimated 53,000 Kentuckians will lose income support over the next year.” [WFPL, 12/18/13]


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