The liberal group Americans United for Change is slamming Republicans for opposing an extension of unemployment insurance in a new Christmas-themed ad.
The spot, airing nationally on cable, says Republicans protected "the richest 1 percent" while kicking the unemployed "to the curb."
"So to the 1.3 million Americans losing benefits, Merry Christmas from the GOP. It's wrong to leave more than a million Americans behind. Tell Republicans: Restore unemployment benefits now."
Democrats had hoped to include an extension of unemployment benefits in the bipartisan budget deal, but it was a major sticking point with Republicans and wasn't included in the final deal reached by Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayInspector general reviewing HHS decision to halt ObamaCare ads Dems mock House GOP over lack of women in healthcare meeting The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTed Koppel tells Sean Hannity he is bad for America Ryan aides: President 'clear' his tweet had nothing to do with Ryan Lawmakers signal fight for healthcare reform is not over MORE (R-Wis.). Some Democrats appeared ready to vote against the plan, but most backed it after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told them to "embrace the suck" and vote for it.
Americans United for Change recently polled five House districts — four swing districts and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE's (R-Ohio) — and found bipartisan support for extending the benefits.