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Jobless Benefits End, Congress Vacations

From CNN:

Unemployment benefits expire for thousands

From Brianna Keilar, CNN
April 5, 2010

(CNN) — Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.

The extension, which had bipartisan support, would have cost about $10 billion, but a lone Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, said no until the costs are offset.

The Oklahoma senator objected to a commonly used unanimous-consent agreement to pass the bill under emergency conditions, even if it increases the federal deficit. Coburn wants to eliminate additional government spending to pay for the bill…

It’s the second time a Republican has blocked a so-called "emergency extension" of jobless benefits.

Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning objected to adding to the deficit back in February…

The unemployment benefits provision was a part of the Continuing Extension Act of 2010, which affects other programs, too. The Senate’s inaction means lapses in funding for COBRA, Medicare payments to doctors and the National Flood Insurance Program, among other things.

The Senate is expected to take up the measure after lawmakers return from recess the week of April 12. Key Democrats said they hope to pass a retroactive extension, compensating the unemployed for a gap in funding. If approved, it would be the seventh time the deadline has been extended since June 2008

At least 212,000 Americans will be affected Monday

About 11.5 million people currently depend on jobless benefits. The average unemployment period lasts 32.1 weeks. Of those unemployed, a record 44.1 percent of have been jobless for 27 weeks or more.

Where is the outrage that we heard when Mr. Bunning committed his similar crime against humanity?

What a difference a couple of weeks – and the passage of ‘healthcare reform’ – makes.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Jobless Benefits End, Congress Vacations”

  1. proreason says:

    The criminals deserve a vacation.

    After reading the 2700 page Health Cramdown 3 times.

    And being locked up in DC for 3 months to prevent any voters from talking to them.

    But at least it’s good to know somebody can afford a vacation.

  2. canary says:

    statistics showed that most of the unemployed gave up looking for jobs, which is required to receive unemployment.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Why not just extend unemployment indefinitely and then vote on dropping it when the economy recovers? That way you don’t have to miss deadlines, and you can just pay people not to work or look for jobs……indefinitely.

    This will fit into the Democrat’s policy of creating a crisis and then coming to the rescue to fix that crisis. (Psst!) If you don’t vote for us, all those unemployment benefits will dry up, you don’t want that do you?

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    Now lapses in funding of COBRA and Medicaid are bad enough, possibly some of the most awful things the republicans have ever done to the downtrodded in this country. But NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM! This we cannot tolerate people. Without that the nation is literally broken in half, on its knees begging for a merciful bullet through the forehead to end its misery. This Coburn is the next stalin.

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