Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On Stymied Republican Efforts to Extend Unemployment Relief
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
 
Days ago, the Democratic Leader objected to a short-term extension of the federal unemployment supplement that was created by this body as part of the CARES Act.
 
It was an effort to provide for Americans who need it while talks continue about a longer extension and more relief.
 
There was no downside to a temporary extension, but there was apparently a political upside to blocking it. I hope we can work together, and that the Democratic Leader will let his members work with Republican colleagues on a path forward.
 
This partisan, my-way-or-the-highway approach doesn’t work. It’s not how we passed the CARES Act. It’s not how we’ll deliver for Americans now. 
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