Pelosi Statement on Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims Report

May 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the weekly initial unemployment claims report showed that 2.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the nine-week total to 38.6 million Americans:

“Nearly 40 million Americans have now lost their jobs due to coronavirus, yet Leader McConnell tells them to just ‘take a pause.’

“Last week, the House passed The Heroes Act: honoring our heroic frontline workers with robust funding for state, local, tribal and territorial entities; funding a science-based path to safely opening the economy with testing, tracing, treatment and isolation; and putting more money in the pockets of workers including with vastly strengthened Unemployment Insurance.

“Instead of telling laid-off workers to pause, Leader McConnell and the Senate GOP need to come to the negotiating table to help deliver the relief to protect lives and livelihoods.”