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."

"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 MurrayOvernight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Republicans grumble about the 'worst process ever' Winners and losers from the .3T omnibus Collins: McConnell has 'kept his commitment' on ObamaCare fix 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 Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House MORE's (R-Ohio) — and found bipartisan support for extending the benefits.