Effort to Block Unemployment Benefits

President Obama had some tough words for Republican leaders.

He’s calling on them to stop blocking a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to more than two million Americans whose checks stopped coming at the end of May. But, GOP lawmakers say they won’t support this plan because it would add to the deficit.

So far, two and a half million Americans have lost their unemployment benefits.

Republican leaders have told the White House they are not against extending unemployment benefits, but, they won’t do it if congress can’t pay for it.

The two parties have been battling over this issue since February. But, the end could be in sight.

Tomorrow, Democrats will pick up the one vote they need to break the Republican block on the bill in the senate when the man chosen to replace the late Robert Byrd is sworn in.


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  • by rodsmith on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM
    hmm "Hurry up November so we can start to take back our government,that is if there is anything left to take back." Only way this is ever gonna happen is every one swarms over every captial city in thecountry and washinging and every politician and hi lvl govt officers are physically removed and sent on their way and we start with a new election where the first qualification to run would be You must NEVER have held public office before.
  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Jul 19, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Where did the title of this piece come from? This is NOT an effort to "BLOCK" or "END" or "TERMINATE". This is preventing UNFUNDED extensions to already UNFUNDED extensions of unemployment.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    The Democrats just passed legislation to Pay as You Go!!! They seem not to be able to live by the rules they set,and of course blame the Republicans for everything. Hurry up November so we can start to take back our government,that is if there is anything left to take back.
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