(Washington, DC) – On December 28, 2013, Congress allowed the country’s Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program to expire, meaning 1.3 million Americans were no longer eligible for continued unemployment assistance from the Federal government.
On February 6, Congress tried again to pass a $6.4 billion, three-month EUC extension. It failed.
One month later, on March 6, Congress overwhelmingly passed a $1 billion aid package for Ukraine.
Nice to see that Congress can take care of the people who sent them to elected office.
“We know that average, ordinary, everyday Americans would want to help the folks in Ukraine,” said a spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). “In spite of suffering the after-effects of a crippling recession, and in spite of high unemployment, the American people can rest easy knowing that we’re bailing out other countries while leaving them in the lurch here at home.”
Just one day earlier, in spite of recently having to bail out the economies of Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Spain to the tune of €500 billion, the European Union (EU) passed a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine.
“It was the least we could do,” said a spokesman for the EU leadership, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It’s not like we’re going to do anything meaningful – other than protest loudly, I mean – so sending some money Ukraine’s way seemed like the least we could do.