Three unemployed people — Ed Zibrida of Indiana, Jyl Forsyth of Michigan and Jeff Sumner of Kentucky — discuss the effect of the Senate conservative filibuster against unemployment benefits on their lives and their demand for urgent congressional action.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, what will you say to Jeff Sumner of Louisville when the lights go out in his house at the end of this week? How proud will you be of your votes against extending unemployment insurance to him and millions of other workers?
Sumner is one of the more than 2 million people who have lost their unemployment benefits because of a weeks-old Senate filibuster against their extension led by McConnell, the chamber's minority leader. If the Senate does not break that filibuster this week, Sumner, who lost his extended unemployment benefits when Republicans blocked their continued authorization in early June, loses the utilities in his house. Shortly after that, he told me Friday for this audio report, he will lose his house. He will be homeless.
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