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Senate Republican Holds Up Jobless Benefits

Posted by Media Outrage on March 26, 2010

You know this cornball isn’t very well liked right about now.  Tom Coburn is holding up jobless benefits for the masses:

As Congress raced to leave Washington for its Easter recess, a Republican senator blocked a stopgap bill to extend jobless benefits, saying its $9 billion cost should not be added to the national debt.

As a result, some people who have been out of work for more than six months will at least temporarily lose benefits. Newly jobless people won’t be eligible to sign up for generous health insurance subsidies.

At the center of the battle is Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who’s insisting that the measure be “paid for” so as not to add to the nation’s $12.7 trillion debt.

“What we are doing is stealing future opportunity from our children,” Coburn said Thursday.

Republicans offered legislation to finance the monthlong extension of jobless benefits by rescinding unspent money from last year’s economic stimulus bill. The effort was killed on a party-line vote.

Democrats repeatedly sought speedy Senate approval of a House-passed measure that would extend jobless benefits through May 5, but Coburn objected. Republicans said Senate negotiations produced a compromise that didn’t pass muster in the House.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate would attempt to retroactively bestow the jobless benefits when it returns from its spring recess April 12.

The practical effect of the lapse in benefits would be limited if they are awarded retroactively. But labor advocates say it produces bureacratic nightmares for state labor departments and that trying to restore the lapsed benefits is easier said than done.

Reid had the option of keeping the Senate in session to force a vote to try to break through the GOP blocking tactics but instead will revisit the issue in 2 1/2 weeks.

The clash comes less than a month after Republicans abandoned a similar battle that led to an interruption in unemployment benefits eligibility for some people and a two-day furlough for about 2,000 Transportation Department employees.

A stopgap law enacted early this month extends though April 5 unemployment insurance for people who have been out of a job for more than six months, provides health insurance subsidies for the jobless and protects doctors from a sharp cut in Medicare payments.

But another short-term extension of the jobless benefits is needed while House and Senate Democrats work through negotiations on a long-term measure that would provide them through the end of the year. Those talks have slowed, prompting Democrats to move to extend benefits for an additional month.

Last month, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., blocked a similar extension of jobless benefits, but Republicans ended up on the losing end of a public relations battle and Bunning backed away.

The House passed the stopgap bill last week by a voice vote.

Democratic leaders say that jobless benefits are an emergency and don’t need to conform to the new pay-as-you-go budget law, which requires new benefit programs to be offset with spending cuts or tax increases so they don’t increase the deficit.

“We really believe that the unemployment situation is an emergency economic situation. Republicans do not accept that,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the majority whip. “They want to cut off unemployment benefits or pay for it with stimulus funds that are creating jobs.”

7 Responses to “Senate Republican Holds Up Jobless Benefits”

  1. MissTX said

    That sucks.

  2. ucanb2 said

    These people get on my nerves… trying to prove a point with someone’s livelihood!!!
    Stupid ASS

  3. Blessed38LA said

    Tom Coburn! Cornball! Corndog! will burn in hell for holding back jobs from poor people! You lowgraded! nasty! smelly skunk looking republicans are all going to hell! I wish all of you stank ass hole republicans would go live with Bin Laden! And leave our sweet American Nation the hell alone! Forgive me yall, for me getting so upset. I am tired of our American people suffering because of trash like you republicans! We have a wonderful PRESIDENT that has done what we needed centuries ago. Leave our Democrates alone! Our MR.PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN, MRS. CLINTON, MRS. NANCY run things here! Back off Coburn! do the right thing for our jobless people. If not, God shall deal with you and your people on judgement day.

  4. Teena Thomas said

    VOTE PEOPLE VOTE. COME NOVEMBER VOTE THESE CONGRESS AND SENATORS OUT OF THERE. OUR GENERATION MAKES THE DIFFERNCE. WE HAVE TO GET OUT TO VOTE TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. WE PUT BARACK IN… NOW LETS GET HIM SOME HELP. REPUBLICANS SENDING OUT THREATS TO THE DEMOCRATS. THEY AREN’T GOING TO STOP THERE YOU BEST BELIEVE. OUR GENERATION IS THE GENERATION CAPABLE OF MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN.

  5. Blessed38LA said

    I agree with you Teena. YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! FIRED UP! Then let’s go VOTE yall, just as Teena has said. WE CAN DO IT, WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Come November, let us show those ignorant reps who runs things. That will teach them a lesson on giving threats. Teena, I hope and pray that our Democrats will be safe in The White House. And did you hear about insane Bin Laden, on attacking our people, again?

  6. Verbalism said

    “What we are doing is stealing future opportunity from our children,” Coburn said Thursday.

    These idiots don’t realize how they are effecting the very children they claim to be looking out for. They don’t care about the rest of us while they sit back and collect their bonuses and go on vacations. Their families aren’t wanting for anything. This is bull—-!!!

  7. Nina said

    Give it to the people who are really looking for work, not that who are trying to make a living off of unemployment or using it like welfare.

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