Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMcCain files B amendment to boost defense spending Dems to GOP: Cancel Memorial Day break Sanders fundraises for Feingold in Wisconsin Senate race MORE (D-Nev.) continued his criticism of Republicans Thursday for blocking a short-term extension of unemployment insurance.
“On this side of the aisle we have not put to one side and forgotten about unemployment compensation for 1.5 million people,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “We are not going to leave this issue.”
On Dec. 28, 1.3 million people stopped receiving long-term unemployment checks. Reid said the Republicans in Congress proved they are out of touch with the public by blocking the bill from advancing.
“We have not forgotten this,” Reid said. “Republican outside Congress believe this is the right thing to do.”
Democrats are expected to use joblessness and income inequality as a major campaign issue in the 2014 midterm elections.