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."

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"You know who had a merry Christmas? The richest 1 percent, that's who. Republicans in Congress made sure of that, protecting billions in taxpayer giveaways," the ad's narrator says. "And for those facing tough times? Republicans stripped 1.3 million Americans of jobless benefits — folks who want to work, but cannot find a job — kicking them to the curb during Christmas.

"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 MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats turn on Al Franken VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids 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 Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE's (R-Ohio) — and found bipartisan support for extending the benefits.