Progressive group Americans United for Change is launching a new national ad pushing to extend unemployment benefits that features three unemployed Americans discussing the impact the expiration has had on them.
The ad hammers Republicans for “continuing to ignore [the] struggle” of the 1.3 million long-term jobless Americans who lost their aid when the program expired late last year.
“I do have a husband. Thank god, or I would be homeless,” one woman says in the ad.
It’s the group’s latest volley in the fight to extend the emergency jobless aid. The AUFC launched a Christmas-themed ad late last year on the same subject.
Democrats strongly support the extension, and while many Republicans are on board, the GOP is pushing to find an offset for the $6.4 billion cost.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWeek ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) postponed a procedural vote on a three-month bill on Wednesday to buy time for negotiations over an offset.
Americans United for Change recently polled five House districts — four swing districts and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE's (R-Ohio) — and found bipartisan support for extending the benefits. And a national poll out Wednesday revealed a majority of Americans support an extension of the aid.