Murkowski Negotiating Unemployment Insurance/Veterans Benefits Package

Senator Joins Eight Republican Senators in Advancing and Negotiating Package, Solution Would Be Fully Paid For, Repeal Military Retiree Cuts

Senator Lisa Murkowski today issued the following joint statement with eight of her Republican colleagues regarding the current state of ongoing negotiations surrounding a three-month unemployment insurance benefits extension that is fully paid for:

“We continue to negotiate in good faith, and we are all encouraged that we are making progress on a package that could pass with bipartisan support.  The proposal includes (1) a three-month extension of the temporary federal long-term unemployment insurance program; (2) a repeal of the recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December's budget agreement; and (3) offsets to pay for the unemployment extension and restoring military retiree benefits within the budget window.“

Our solution would also allow for a reasonable number of related amendments to be offered by both sides, which would be a productive breakthrough.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski has been working with Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dan Coats (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to negotiate a fiscally-responsible path forward.