NAACP Calls Progress on Budget Deal an Important Step; Implores Action on Unemployment BenefitsDecember 17, 2013
(Washington, DC) – In response to the Senate moving forward on a long-term budget deal today, the NAACP released the following statement:
“Congress is taking a positive step in the right direction by moving forward on a budget deal,” stated Lorraine C. Miller, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP. “However, we are still deeply concerned that the emerging deal fails to extend long-term unemployment insurance. Millions of out-of-work Americans depend on the safety net of unemployment insurance, especially in this season of giving.”
"We applaud Congress for rising above partisan politics and averting a government shutdown," stated Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department. "However, this deal’s failure to include legislation that extends long term unemployment only further weakens our country's most economically vulnerable. I urge Congress to advance legislation that places the ‘opportunities deficit" ahead of the ‘fiscal deficit’ and that includes creating – not blocking – pathways to economic security and a growing diverse middle class."
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