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Five days ago, I stood before you and this body and urged my fellow Senators to reach across the aisle and find agreement on how we can best help the millions of Americans who have lost their livelihoods—out of no fault of their own—due to this once-in-a-century pandemic. I made a simple request for Senators to be pragmatic, to meet in the middle and extend expanded unemployment benefits through Friday, for 7 days, while Congress continues to work through our differences and to come up with a solution. I asked, who could possibly be against this?
Well, it turns out the Minority Leader came to the floor personally in order to object. The Senator from New York decided to play political theater, thought that was more important than assisting Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. Once again, he led the way and used hard-working Arizonans and Americans as pawns in a political game. For the many Arizonans out of work right now, this is not a game.
So here I am again asking for a simple extension through the end of this week so that Arizonans don’t see an interruption to their benefits as we work through our differences. And again, I ask: Who could possibly be against this?
” (Senator McSally)

Comment: The Minority Leader of the Senate is Schumer and House leader is Pelosi. They need replacing by other Democrats or Republicans. They are holding everyone hostage to shove through a $3 trillion 1800 page bill which is full of stuff most Americans disagree with.

AUG. 2020
04
McSally Calls for Extension of Expanded Unemployment Benefits (Again)
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) returned to the Senate floor today to call on Congress to immediately extend expanded unemployment benefits while a long-term solution is negotiated.
“While some states continued expanded checks…Arizonans got their last one,” McSally said. “Like the single mom of two from Phoenix who, for the first time in her life, has to rely on unemployment to survive. She’s the owner of a catering business. She’s seen her income drop drastically as weddings and large events continue to be cancelled. The [funds] she collected on unemployment was helping her get through, keep her afloat, keep her business and family afloat to care for her two sons, one of whom is autistic and requires significant support.”
“I am pleading with my fellow Senators, as we work through our differences, let’s extend her benefits for one more week. Who could possibly be against her?”
On Thursday, McSally made the same plea to extend expanded unemployment benefits for Arizonans but her proposal was objected to by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Watch her remarks HERE and see the full transcript below: https://youtu.be/TjBkjwundes

Senator Martha McSally

McSally Calls for Extension of Expanded Unemployment Benefits (Again)
Mr. President,
Five days ago, I stood before you and this body and urged my fellow Senators to reach across the aisle and find agreement on how we can best help the millions of Americans who have lost their livelihoods—out of no fault of their own—due to this once-in-a-century pandemic. I made a simple request for Senators to be pragmatic, to meet in the middle and extend expanded unemployment benefits through Friday, for 7 days, while Congress continues to work through our differences and to come up with a solution. I asked, who could possibly be against this?
Well, it turns out the Minority Leader came to the floor personally in order to object. The Senator from New York decided to play political theater, thought that was more important than assisting Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. Once again, he led the way and used hard-working Arizonans and Americans as pawns in a political game. For the many Arizonans out of work right now, this is not a game.
So here I am again asking for a simple extension through the end of this week so that Arizonans don’t see an interruption to their benefits as we work through our differences. And again, I ask: Who could possibly be against this?
While some states continued expanded checks after they expired on Friday for a few weeks, Arizonans got their last one. These are Arizonans, they live in my neighborhood, Mr. President. They live on my street. They worked paycheck to paycheck before this pandemic hit and then they couldn’t work.
These Arizonans are the people we know. Like the single mom of two from Phoenix who, for the first time in her life, has to rely on unemployment to survive. She’s the owner of a catering business. She’s seen her income drop drastically as weddings and large events continue to be cancelled. The $840 a week she collected on unemployment a week was helping her get through, keep her afloat, keep her business and family afloat to care for her two sons, one of whom is autistic and requires significant support.
I am pleading with my fellow Senators, as we work through our differences, let’s extend her benefits for one more week. Who could possibly be against her?
I heard last week from another single mother of three who lives in Tucson. She told me she’s terrified of falling into poverty because she is forced to live on $240 a week. The extra that we provided during this once-in-a-century pandemic helped her pay her bills and make ends meet.
I’m imploring my fellow Senators to extend her benefits, keep her afloat for one week, while we work through our differences to address what we need to do to fight this pandemic, to defeat this virus which we will, and provide the economic support and the recovery that we need because America will emerge stronger from this. We need to work through these differences. Let’s just extend for one week. Who could possibly be against this?
Arizona seniors are also suffering. A 70-year-old man in Arizona drove for Uber and Lyft before the pandemic hit. He can no longer safely drive strangers through Phoenix given his high-risk status. He, too, has benefited from the extended unemployment. That additional week will really make a difference for him.
So, again, I ask my fellow Senators: who could possibly be against him getting those benefits for another week?
These are just three of the countless stories I’ve heard from Arizonans and they’re pleading with Congress to put the bickering and dysfunction aside and work together.
When I went back home last weekend, people were asking why did they object? It was seven days while you guys work through your differences. Why can’t you guys just get your act together? Why can’t you just do your job and in the meantime just have seven more days. This is a reasonable request.
That’s why I’m here again, Mr. President, to offer a simple commonsense solution to extend the expanded $600 for unemployed Americans through the week while we continue to work through our differences here to provide economic support and relief and economic recovery for America. Who could possibly be against this? Who could possibly be against this?
Therefore, I ask for unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to immediate consideration of my bill at the desk. I further ask that the bill be considered and read a third time and passed and that the motion to consider be considered and laid upon the table.

Mr. President,
I’m just picturing if you’re one of my neighbors or one of the people I mentioned and you’re watching TV right now. This is Washington speak. These are bureaucratic reasons why we can’t just simply do what I’m asking, which is extend for one week what we all agreed upon in the past, while we continue to work together to try and solve problems on behalf of Arizonans.
That’s all I’m asking and bureaucratic reasons or posturing or finger-pointing people are so tired of it. I’m tired of it. It’s why I first ran to come into this deployed zone and fight in a different way than I did in uniform but with the same exact oath. We’re here to solve problems, we’re here to represent the people we represent, and while we work through our differences there’s political theater happening, Arizonans. There’s political theater. There’s unserious negotiations like the Minority Leader who think this is the path to power. Somehow Arizonans can be hurt, others can be hurt, and somehow that’s going to work in their favor and I’m disgusted by that. They’re simply asking for us to do our job. Maybe I need to offer another bill that all Members of Congress have their pay held until we sit down and solve this. I did that before when the CARES Act was being delayed for political reasons. This is frustrating, it’s disappointing, it’s simply a seven-day extension while we work through our differences. So, Mr. President, once again, friends on the other side of the aisle have let Arizonans and Americans down but we need to keep working with them to solve this issue and support the people we represent. This is a commonsense request and it’s very disappointing that they’re not letting it through.

https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/news/press-releases/mcsally-calls-for-extension-of-expanded-unemployment-benefits-again
Mr. President is President of the Senate(VP Pence)