CARES Act unemployment benefits expired Friday, July 31st
Sen. Perdue has called for cuts to unemployment insurance while millions of Georgians have had to file jobless claims
Sen. Perdue insisted earlier this year COVID-19’s impact on economic growth would be “little;” the U.S. economy shrank at an all-time record rate last quarter
Atlanta, Ga. — Today, investigative journalist and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jon Ossoff called on Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) to reverse his demand for cuts to unemployment insurance.
Negotiations in Washington over the next COVID-19 relief bill are stalled over GOP demands to cut unemployment benefits, while the U.S. economy in the second quarter recorded the fastest contraction in modern history.
Though millions of Georgians have filed jobless claims and the economy continues to reel amidst the uncontrolled outbreak, Sen. Perdue is among those in Washington fighting to cut unemployment benefits for his own constituents.
Sen. Perdue has also said he was personally opposed to, and fought against, $1,200 stimulus checks for working Americans originally passed in the CARES Act, and he recently doubled down, saying he is against another stimulus check.
Ossoff will speak about this crisis tonight during a live “1 GEORGIA” town hall moderated by Georgia State Rep. Sam Park in which Ossoff will take live questions from Georgia voters. The town hall can be viewed on Facebook or Twitter.
“As this virus spiraled out of control, Perdue was busy buying medical and vaccine stocks while he insisted in public the health risk was ‘low’ and the economic impact would be ‘little,’” said Ossoff. “Now almost 160,000 Americans are dead and millions of Georgians have filed jobless claims. Perdue must stop fighting to cut unemployment benefits for Georgia families who face eviction and financial ruin through no fault of their own. It’s the incompetence of politicians like David Perdue that made this crisis so much more destructive than it had to be.”
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