Critical unemployment benefits expansion expires as Georgia facing growing economic and public health crisis
ATLANTA — Once again, Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are heading out of town for the weekend after failing to pass any needed relief while the US economy continues to face its “worst quarter on record” and coronavirus cases surge across Georgia.
Instead of working to provide aid to Georgia families, Georgia Republicans have spent their time attacking expanded unemployment relief while the state still ranks last in economic recovery.
Perdue has called expanded unemployment aid for struggling Georgians “a hindrance” — while also complaining about having to cancel fundraisers as a result of the crisis. He even claimed this week that “this is the best economic turnaround in U.S. history” as hundreds of thousands of Georgians remain out of work.
Meanwhile, Loeffler has said that she’s “not seeing a big need to extend the federal unemployment insurance” during a recession while her opponent Congressman Doug Collins has repeatedly said he wants to “cut back” on expanded unemployment relief “or do away with it altogether.”
“As families face growing financial strain in this crisis, Georgia Republicans are headed home for the weekend having done nothing but attack sorely needed aid,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for Democratic Party of Georgia. “Once again, Georgia Republicans remain more focused on attacking the health care law and scoring points with special interests in DC than fighting for struggling Georgians.”