Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed Republicans today for blocking an unemployment benefits extension bill in the Senate.
Senate Republicans staged a filibuster earlier this week to block the 11-month extension, which got 52 votes, but not the 60 needed to move the bill forward for an actual vote.
TalkingPointsMemo.com reports that a 3-month extension was also stopped by a GOP filibuster, leaving millions of Americans without income.
Republicans insisted that unemployment benefits be paid for by cutting another part of government.
According to Mediaite.com, Sen. Warren called out Republicans for obstructing the unemployment benefits extension bill (video below).
“This is the moment when we really have to start fighting back and showing the Republicans it’s not going to work just to continue obstruct, obstruct, obstruct,” Sen. Warren told MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
"This issue on unemployment benefits is really not hard," added Sen. Warren. "We need to extend unemployment insurance. We have done this many times in the past. We did it during the Bush administration. We do it for those who need it most."
Sen. Warren said the Democrats came up with enough cuts to pay for the extended benefits, but then Republicans wanted to change the bill.
"We have people out there who are suffering," stated Sen. Warren. "...And all of a sudden the Republicans are saying, 'Just cut them off.'"
“You’re willing to do this over politics?” Sen. Warren asked Republicans. “You’re really willing to cut these people off, to leave them with no money to put food on the table, to put a roof over their heads, to take care of their children?”
“The Republicans are so caught up in playing political games at every single turn,” Sen. Warren continued. “This is about America saying to the Republican Party, 'You can’t keep blocking everything that moves this country forward. This has to stop.'”