Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In The Villages
Anyone here collecting unemployment benefits?
If so, some of you could be screwed for now.
Extension for Some Benefits Squashed
WASHINGTON — Some unemployment benefits could dry up Monday. Newly laid-off workers wouldn't get federal help with health insurance premiums.
Road and transit bills could go unpaid, Medicare payments to doctors would stay high and rural satellite reception could be affected, all thanks to Sen. Jim Bunning's decision to block legislation that would keep alive a host of programs that expire Sunday night.
The Kentucky Republican, according to several sources, told Democratic colleagues "tough s---" Thursday when they tried to get him to change his mind.
The Senate is expected to consider a longer-term extension of the programs Monday, with passage likely next week.
The House of Representatives passed the extension by voice vote, and the Senate was expected to go along. Then along came Bunning, a fiscal conservative, who objected because Congress didn't pay for the $10 billion bill.
He said lawmakers kept talking about fiscal discipline and the nation was facing a debt crisis. "If we can't find $10 billion somewhere for a bill that everybody in this body supports," he said, "we will never pay for anything."
Supporters argue that the bill is an emergency measure, extending the programs only a month until a longer-term solution can be found.
Democrats across the country were quick to pounce.
"What point are we going to make here? Just how hard we can be, how tough we can be?" asked Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D- Ill. "The most vulnerable families in America are going to suffer because of this political decision by one senator."
"More than 200,000 people here in California stand to lose their unemployment benefits when they need them most," said John Burton , the chairman of the California Democratic Party . "... Republicans running for Senate here in California ought to state clearly that they are opposed to this callous action and let voters know where they stand when it comes to helping Californians in need."
Never have so many politicians, screwed so many Americans...just to make one black person lose his job.
I can be possible.