Durbin Statement on Passage of a 30 Day Extension of Unemployment Benefits

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement tonight, after the Senate passed a 30 day extension of unemployment benefits:

“Over the last week, Senator Bunning has objected 11 times to the very same procedure he agreed to tonight. During that time, unemployment benefits were cut off for 15,000 people in Illinois; thousands more lost a helping hand to pay their health insurances; thousands of federal employees were furloughed and federal road and highway construction contracts were suspended.”

“I’m glad that tonight we chose to help our fellow Americans who are most in need. Now let’s move to a long-term solution to our unemployment problem.”