Press Release ● Coronavirus
For Immediate Release: 
April 9, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on today's unemployment insurance claims report:
“Today’s report that an additional 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week reflects the depth of this crisis and its impact on the economic well-being of working families across the country. There have now been nearly 17 million workers seeking unemployment assistance in the past three weeks alone, more than ten times the peak during the Great Recession eleven years ago. These staggering numbers underscore the importance of Democrats' fighting to include expanded unemployment insurance in the CARES Act, offering an additional $600 per week to unemployed Americans and expanding eligibility to contractors, the self-employed, and gig economy workers for the first time. We must continue to do all we can to help businesses large and small keep workers on the payroll during this crisis, but today's staggering numbers make it clear that expanded unemployment assistance must be extended beyond July 31, when it is set to expire.

“House Democrats will continue to push this additional assistance in subsequent legislation to respond to the coronavirus. We will not let up in our effort to support vulnerable Americans during this time of crisis and ensure they can make ends meet until our economy reopens based on the advice of our medical experts and they can return to work.”