Bunning blocks jobless benefits bill again!Submitted by Liberty_Mike on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 16:07
Bunning blocked the jobless benefits bill again today. At least there is someone in the Senate who is fighitng against deficit spending. Wish more would do the same!
WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Bunning on Tuesday again blocked the Senate from extending unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless.
The Kentucky Republican objected Tuesday to a request by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a fellow Republican, to pass a 30-day extension of jobless benefits and other expired measures. The measure would also extend highway programs and prevent a big cut in Medicare payments to doctors.
Bunning has been single-handedly blocking the stopgap legislation since Thursday, to the increasing discomfort of Republicans like Collins. Collins said 500 people from her state would lose their unemployment benefits this week, while doctors will soon have to absorb a 21 percent cuts in their Medicare reimbursements.