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Senator Whitley Pushes Back on Delay of Passage of Job Protection Bill

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD – Today Senate Republicans voted to Lay on the Table SB 64, which would have extended unpaid leave benefits to employees for COVID-19 purposes, at zero cost to the state.

After the vote, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Concord) issued the following statement:

“Today’s vote by the Senate Republicans to Table this critical job protection legislation was a vote to deny the urgent needs of working Granite Staters who are relying on us as leaders to provide them with relief now. Working families are struggling right now and this bill would have been a win-win for New Hampshire by providing peace of mind to our constituents through ensuring our constituents’ basic job security during these trying times, promoting public health by allowing workers to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, while coming with a zero-dollar price tag to the state and to our businesses. It deserved bipartisan support. Instead, Senate Republicans kicked the can down the road and chose to ignore the calls for assistance from our hardworking constituents who have been balancing the competing demands of work, family, and remote schooling for almost a year now.”



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