House Republicans Refuse to Include Extending Unemployment Benefits in Budget Talks

December 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM 5 comments

Republicans are vicious, cold-hearted partisans who are willing to see over a million people suffer because they don’t want anything — anything — good to happen on Obama’s watch:

EFAA Cooler and Vegie Area

Portion of the EFAA Food Bank, Boulder, Colorado)

If Congress does nothing, and fails to extend a jobless-aid program, 1.3 million people will lose unemployment insurance only a few days after Christmas — perhaps leading to a series of stories about real people’s economic travails during the slow-news holiday season.


I’m told House Dems will hold a hearing on Thursday into the plight of those set to lose unemployment insurance if Congress fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, as part of an effort to pressure Republicans to agree to an extension. Sources tell me it will be presided over by Dem Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin, and others, and will hear from witness who stand to lose those benefits.


Meanwhile, sources tell me that in private discussions, House Republicans are giving the thumbs down to Dem entreaties for an unemployment benefits extension. According to a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide, Dems have pushed for the extension to be included in ongoing budget conference talks. “So far, they’ve resisted,” the aide tells me. “They don’t want to do that.”


I wish “senior Senate Democratic leadership aides” like the one Greg Sargent spoke to above, would be a little, no, a lot less charitable when talking about this.  It’s just outrageous what Republicans are doing here.


Entry filed under: Democrats, Including Blue Dogs & "Liberals", Financial Crisis, Food, Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates".

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  December 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I thought Republican were good moral Christians? Is this what Jesus would do? Maybe that’s why they need their guns to shoot all those noisy homeless people. It’s nice to see that the spirit of Scrooge is alive and well in the GOP. Lets call them POP from now on – Piss On Party.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  December 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    They’re worse than Scrooge if you ask me. More like the Grim Reaper.

  • 3. coconutspeak  |  December 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Point taken. What do you think of POP?

  • 4. Say It Ain't So Already  |  December 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I don’t know what that is.

  • 5. coconutspeak  |  December 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Rather than GOP … POP Piss On Party

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