WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House Thursday blocked a bill that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the holiday season. An extension of jobless benefits enacted this summer expires Dec. 1, and unless they are renewed, two million people will lose benefits averaging $310 a week nationwide by the end of December.
The failed measure would have extended jobless benefits through the end of February at a cost of adding $12.5 billion to the nation's debt. Republicans opposing the legislation said the measure should be paid for by cutting unspent money from last year's economic stimulus bill.
The White House criticized Congress for failing to renew unemployment benefits with the holiday break approaching.
"I don't think we want to leave here having fought for tax cuts for millionaires and against unemployment insurance for those that have lost their jobs," spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
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No, its cold hearte dbullshi$. Yet they wanted an extended PAID break,...
I think the paid break is wrong, too... So, maybe they should cut their own spending? Demand Accountability. Rev up the fax machines and tell them to be responsible and accountable so they can come up with the $12++ billion needed to extend the benefits.
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