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Treasury Secretary: 46,885 Jobless Virginians Aren’t Relevant. Does Congressman Riggleman Agree?

In related news, "Riggleman bid for second term in Virginia seat gets tougher: Supporters worry about how party will hold convention during pandemic"

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See below for a press release from the DCCC regarding Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s appalling comments earlier today that the massive new unemployment numbers “right now are not relevant.” My god, these people…

Also, with regard to Rep. Denver “Bigfoot Erotica” Riggleman (R-VA05), check out this Roll Call story (“Riggleman bid for second term in Virginia seat gets tougher: Supporters worry about how party will hold convention during pandemic”), which reports on the possibility that “a closed committee meeting raises the possibility that no one would secure the nomination, because party rules would require the winner to secure two-thirds of the vote instead of a simple majority,” and even “if a nominee clears that hurdle, they say, there is a chance the state party would not recognize the winner, again leaving the district without a Republican nominee on the ballot in November.” Haha – more popcorn and hot butter, please!

Treasury Secretary: 46,885 Jobless Virginians Aren’t Relevant. Does Congressman Riggleman Agree?

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: “These Numbers Right Now Are Not Relevant”

This morning, as news broke that 46,885 Virginians filed last week for unemployment benefits, the United States Treasury Secretary told CNBC that he didn’t think the “numbers” were relevant.

His comments follow Washington Republicans’ last-ditch effort to cut unemployment insurance in coronavirus stimulus legislation.

House Democrats fought to ensure unemployed Americans receive aid in the most recent stimulus package. They also extended unemployment insurance and paid sick leave in previous coronavirus aid, despite the opposition of House Republicans.

“It’s disturbing to watch Washington Republicans fight against unemployment insurance and food security for children and dismiss millions of struggling Americans as ‘not relevant’”, said DCCC Spokesperson Sarah Guggenheimer. “The American people deserve to know if Congressman Riggleman will stand up for the millions of Americans who have been laid off or seen their hours cut through no fault of their own during this crisis.”