GOP Hopes to Blame Dems for Expiration of Unemployment Benefits

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Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 12:36 pm

From the department of irony comes this Roll Call story indicating that Senate Republicans — whose objections to a one-month extension of the filing deadline for unemployment benefits will affect hundreds of thousands of jobless folks next week — are hoping to blame Democrats for their inability to pass the extension bill.

A GOP leadership aide said that while “unemployment and welfare have traditionally been Democratic issues,” Republicans believe the inability of Democrats to pass an extension last week can play to their favor.

To understand how requires a closer look at what happened on the Senate floor last week. The House last month passed a bill extending the UI filing deadline (not to be confused with the creation of additional UI benefits) through April. The Senate was hoping to pass the same measure unanimously, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected, insisting that the $9.2 billion cost be offset with unspent stimulus funds.

Coburn’s objection left Democratic leaders scrambling in search of a way to push the deadline in the short window they had left before the spring recess. With GOP leaders, they agreed on a one-week UI extension, meaning the deadline would arrive on the same day that Congress is scheduled to return to Washington from their two-week break. But House Democrats rejected that strategy, leaving Senate leaders with no choice but to adjourn without addressing the issue. (A cloture vote on the extension is scheduled for April 12).

So it’s the House Democrats’ rejection of the one-week extension — not Coburn’s rejection of the one-week extension — that Republicans hope to focus on during the recess.

McConnell’s office has provided GOP lawmakers with talking points emphasizing the fact that House Democrats killed a one-week, fully paid-for extension of the unemployment program, and that almost the entire Democratic Conference voted to adjourn for the spring recess while Senate Republicans all voted to stay in session. Although the GOP may not make a major push, lawmakers over the next several days are expected to make their case in local and regional media markets. “Locally … where these stories make the most difference, Senators are armed with the facts,” the GOP leadership aide said.

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monkey99
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

They can blame the Dems all they want, but anyone with a brain knows who is responsible.

Obstruct, delay. Obstruct, delay. Now who could that be?


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strangely_enough
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

Unfortunately, the “Beltway conventional wisdom,” probably by Sunday, will be “House Dems killed the extension.”
Funny how that happens…


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monkey99
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

Question is, how much of it “disseminates” beyond the beltway?

I don't think the unemployed are fooled. Hmmmph. D.C. is a strange place.


tired
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

American People – Next election stand up and be heard – FIRE THEM ALL – EVERY last congressman – no matter the party – How many years have you paid taxes? 30? 40? Your government bails out bankers and Wallstreet execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? Congress wasn’t worried about the defecit when AIG execs were giving themselves bonuses with taxpayer money! And how utterly irresponsible is it of your congressmen to play these partisan delaying games and then go on vacation when without bothering to address how you will put food on your table? Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!!


Vote Em OUT
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

“Bush Cheney Rumsfeld took the good will of the world after 9/1q1 and turned it into Hate and mistrust. They started the Bush War in Iraq and the Bush Recession. Remember who got us into this mess, Republican deficit growth since Carter Administration: $4.4 T.

$20 billion lost or “missing” after appropriations to Haliburton (Cheney's corp) and Black Water…

BILLIONS spent on war and on “rebuilding” countries where the people DESPISE Americans….

Some in this country believe anything they see on TV. They leave FOX News channel on all day and night like the great Holy Testiment to what is really happening in our country. Complete fools…

If you can forget all of this then I guess what the Repubs are doing is ÖK.”

Too bad the Bush administration didn't raise taxes when it could to pay for its wars and tax cuts for the wealthiest people and corporations in America. Too Bad…


JOE
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

Why would the Dems want to just pass a one week extension. Does not make sense anyway


Arbe
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

Could the Repugnants have voted to stay in session to keep the POTUS from making any recess appointments? Considering how much they actually worked when they held the majority, I can't think of any other motivator for them. I'm confident it wasn't for UI….


evoynerussell
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

Please don't stop the extentions … i'll be on the street like many other's will.
I just want to go back to work but I can't find a job …. I look day and night. Have resumes out everywhere … I have many years experience and a BS in marketing. Please help us … so many families are depending on the goverment.
I just lost my home I could not pay for it.
Hated so much to loose my home.
Thanks,


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