Monday, October 19, 2009

Republicans Blocking Unemployment Insurance Extension

Sometimes there is a real difference between the parties.

Though - the perpetual whine about filibusters reveals the inherent weakness in the Democrats. There are fairly established ways to get around filibusters, and their theoretical possibility never stopped Bush II.

Because of the actions of two Republican senators, every day this month 7,000 jobless workers have lost their unemployment insurance (UI) coverage. Each day these two Republicans continue to stand in the way of Senate passage of a UI extension, 7,000 more workers will run out of benefits.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has tried twice to bring the UI measure to a vote on the Senate floor. First Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), then Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) blocked action.

Re: Kyl, Arizona is one of the worst hit states in the recession.

1"Kyl and Hatch Block Unemployment Aid for Tens of Thousands of America’s Jobless" - AFL-CIO

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