Thanks to Tom Coburn, Unemployment Benefits Stop For Some
Sometimes I wonder how these politicians call themselves representatives of the people, such as Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
Prior to leaving Washington for Easter break, Sen. Coburn blocked a bill that would have temporarily extended benefits to some jobless people. The $9 billion cost was too high for the good Senator.
Sen. Coburn’s action will mean that the people who have been out of a job for at least six months will lose benefits for now, and the newly jobless will not be eligible to sign up for health insurance subsidies.
Nice Easter gift Senator, may God bless you.
But I wonder, Senator, since you are such such a great fan of pay-as-you-go, where had you been during the last eight years of the Bush Administration?
The nation is fighting two costly wars and if not for them we probably would not be where we are today. Why did you not object to those unnecessary wars, my respected Senator? And you still are not objecting to funding the wars!
Speaking for Majority Leader Harry Reid, Jim Manley said that the Senate would attempt to retroactively restore the benefits to unemployed people on its return from the spring break. Even if that is done, there would be some bureaucratic nightmares for state labor departments, and would cause wastage of government money to correct the situation.
Last month it was another Republican Senator, Jim Bunning from Kentucky, who had blocked similar extension of jobless benefits, but finally relented.
It appears there is no shortage of Republication senators erecting road blocks when it comes to benefit for the common people.