WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after Congressional Republicans blocked passage of H.R. 5618, the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act. This legislation would have extended unemployment benefits to millions of American families and workers:
"Today, Congressional Republicans refused to extend a lifeline to millions of Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. They blocked our effort to help struggling families make ends meet, put money in the pockets of our workers, and invest in one of the most cost-effective ways to stimulate our economy.
"This is simply the latest example of Congressional Republicans putting partisan politics ahead of the public well-being. It reflects an agenda to return to the policies that produced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and that favor special interests and Wall Street over small businesses and Main Street.
"The American people deserve better. Democrats will not abandon those hardest hit by the Bush recession and we will keep working to create jobs and strengthen our middle class, while restoring fiscal responsibility."
SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House