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GOP Offers To Pay For Jobless Extension In 2024

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Senate Republicans make new offer on jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prospects of 1.4 million unemployed Americans getting their federal jobless benefits back soon brightened on Monday when U.S. Senate Republican negotiators offered a new plan to extend the emergency relief for three months.

Senate Democrats and Republicans planned to meet privately on Tuesday to evaluate the proposal. A vote on it could occur within days…

According to a senior aides, the Republican offer would pay for the jobless benefits by extending across-the-board spending cuts, known as "sequestration," for another year – into 2024.

What a laugh. Sheesh.

The measure also would clamp down on some unemployment benefits to people who also collect federal disability payments.

Which should already be illegal.

"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," said eight Republican senators who have taken the lead in trying to reach a deal.

The senators said in a statement the proposal included repeal of the recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December’s budget agreement and offsets to pay for the unemployment extension and restoring military retiree benefits within the budget window…

"I can’t automatically agree to it," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, declared in announcing that Republican negotiators had offered a three-month deal…

Senator Orrin Hatch, senior Republican on the Finance Committee, which oversees jobless benefits, said he would support a bill if it is "done on a bipartisan basis." …

Oh, yes. Bipartisanship makes everything wonderful.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “GOP Offers To Pay For Jobless Extension In 2024”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Why did I ever vote for the GOP?

  2. JohnMG says:

    I have a novel idea. Why don’t we end the sequestration now, and agree to extend the unemployment benefits to a maximum of 3 months in the year 2024? Let’s also stir up a fresh batch of shovel-ready jobs? We can drive there in our Chevy ‘Volt’. When the damned thing catches fire we can roast our tofu marshmallows over the coals of our burned-down houses while singing kumbaya and I’d-Like-To-Teach-The-World-To-Sing while swilling Coke and toking on a big doobie!

    I’m beginning to think those Jim Jones people were the lucky ones. They left early!

  3. BillK says:

    So what’s the point of voting for Republicans and how are they different from Democrats again?

  4. BillK says:

    So what’s the point of voting for Republicans and how are they different from Democrats again?

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I woke up this morning and all I could do was ask myself, “Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?”

  6. Mithrandir says:

    The Keystone Kops are at it again.

    Which feels worse: your enemy punching you in the face, or your friend?

    I think when most people in an empire come to the conclusion that it’s better off to ALLOW EVERYTHING TO FAIL, rather than keep up the struggle, that’s when things go downhill quickly.

    I don’t know when Republicans will finally realize that their pathetic attempt at compromise and gamesmanship will always lead to failure for them.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      I’m not sure it does lead to failure for them. It keeps them in Washington, eeking out political clout and significance off of what the dems/media will allow them to have, much like the welfare dependant class does. They have decided better to reign in Hell (even if that reign is subservient to the libs in power). They are useful idiots for the real power grab agenda of the major players (dems for the moment) by getting stirred up and putting in these token fights over whatever the dems bring up instead of contolling the agenda. Then this looks like a bipartisan government, keeps us bitter clingers believing that the system still offers us a chance and that we could someday get some representation back, meanwhile they eventually cave and the libs win the day. It’s a great little racket, so in that respect the GOP is succeeding perfectly.

      What is really failing is the United States of America as a representative constitutional republic.

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