(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month.
As Democratic senators asked again and again for unanimous consent for a vote on a 30-day extension Thursday night, Bunning refused to go along.
And when Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection, Politico reports, Bunning replied: “Tough shit.”
Bunning was more concerned about missing a basketball game than taking care of the unemployed in his state. The Senate went into recess for the weekend. without taking action.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, someone decides to retaliate Ron Wyden To Block Other Extensions Until Senate Extends UI And COBRA Benefits
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has vowed to prevent the Senate from extending any other expiring laws until it extends unemployment benefits and subsidized health insurance for laid off workers.
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month. When, on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection Bunning replied: “Tough shit.”
The Senate adjourned on Friday without renewing the benefits. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people will stop receiving unemployment checks every week, starting Monday.
Too bad this didn’t happen before the voice vote on “The Patriot Act” took place. Let’s hope that Sen. “Milktaost” Reid and Rahm “the Enforcer” Emanuel don’t intercede on behalf of the Republicans.
h/t Atrios @ Eschaton