Thousands of Floridians Unemployment Benefits At Risk Because of Jim Bunning
Because the US Senate is basically a crazy, semi-undemocratic body full of arcane procedural rules and bitter partisanship, one cranky old senator from Kentucky has blocked unemployment benefits for more than 200,000 Floridians.
The Democrat-controlled congress is currently hammering out a new jobs bill, but in the meantime tried to pass a stop-gap bill that would extend unemployment benefits until a final bill can be agreed upon. Republican Senator Jim Bunning has single-handedly placed a hold on the legislation, and already those whose benefits ran out last week have been affected.
Bunning has remained defiant, even flipping off a reporter and yelling at others during a video taped confrontation.
Bunning wants the $10 billion allocated in the bill to be offset by reductions elsewhere in the budget.
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The senate will try to override Bunning's objection today, but if nothing is done WDBO reports that as many as 20,000 Floridians a week could lose benefits. The total number could reach 400,000 by June.
Moderate Republicans, like Maine's Susan Collins, have pleaded with Bunning, The Sun-Sentinel's Juice blog thinks that Bunning has been purposely set up as the scape-goat by his party. The 78 year-old Senator isn't running for re-election.
"The only real solution: an improved economy that generates jobs and eases the pressure on everyone," writes The Juice.
Of course the only real solution to stop circus-like procedural shenanigans, regardless of the policies, in the Senate is a constitutional amendment or two.
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