July 31, 2020 Press Releases

McSally Failed On Expiring Jobless Benefits

Martha McSally Must Answer For Failure To Prevent Jobless Benefits Reduction

After weeks of failures and inaction, McSally yesterday introduced a bill that would cut unemployment insurance for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans

PHOENIX — Martha McSally and Senate Republicans’ weeks-long failure to stop emergency jobless benefits from expiring is going to cause significant financial pain for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans and kneecap a key program that’s “helped to keep Arizona’s economy afloat.”

Just like last week, the Senate yesterday left town for the weekend, failing to take decisive action to help the hundreds of thousands of Arizonans and “bogged down in partisan fighting.”

As a result, jobless Arizonans will next week “receive the second lowest [unemployment insurance] benefit in the country from the Department of Economic Security.”


“It’s going to be hard to live on $240 a week,” said unemployed Arizonan Kim Smith. “That’s not a lot of money.”

Another resident Todd Serna lost his job in the airline industry. Serna’s wife is high risk during the pandemic and they have two teenage girls.


He says he hopes Congress acts fast, because his family is going to have to discuss what bills to pay and what bills to hold out on.

“Rather than work to be part of a solution, Martha McSally has again proved that she’s part of the problem in Washington,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson. “Senator McSally owes an apology to the hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Arizonans who she failed.”

Read the coverage:

Arizona Republic: Arizona will wait for Congress to act on jobless benefits as enhanced payments expire, Ducey says

Politico: Millions to lose $600 weekly jobless aid amid Senate stalemate

KSAZ-TV: United Food Bank prepares for surge of hungry Arizona families as $600 weekly unemployment benefits end

Arizona Public Media: Loss of federal unemployment dollars will hurt Arizona economy

KNXV-TV: Arizonans prepare to lose $600 a week in unemployment money

KSAZ-TV: Weekly $600 unemployment comes to an end: here’s how it affects Arizona

ABC News: Nearing the end of $600 unemployment lifeline, an Arizona woman risked coronavirus to help pay bills

Arizona Public Media: Arizona unemployment continues to rise

Capitol Media Services: Amid impending loss of federal unemployment aid, Arizona won’t boost state payments