April 5th, 2010
09:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Unemployment benefits expire for thousands

 Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.
Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.

(CNN) - Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.

The extension, which had bipartisan support, would have cost about $10 billion, but a lone Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, said no until the costs are offset.

The Oklahoma senator objected to a commonly used unanimous-consent agreement to pass the bill under emergency conditions, even if it increases the federal deficit. Coburn wants to eliminate additional government spending to pay for the bill.

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  1. Dean

    If companies got fined for hiring illegal aliens and hired unemployed Americans instead, we wouldn't need extended unemployment benefits and Obama would look like a hero because our unemployment rate would drop to its lowest rate in a decade.

    April 5, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Russ

    What part of the "unemployed need help" don't the stupid Republicans get? Maybe someone should take all of Mr. Coburn's assests away for a couple months and let him see what it's like to not be able to buy food for your kids or pay the power bill and have it shut off. Just another Republican trying to get his 15 minutes in the spotlight. He just doesn't get what an ass it makes him look like.

    April 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Capt. Snarky

    Unfortuntately, EVERYTHING is an "emergency" under the Progressives.

    PAYGO, PAYGO, PAYGO!!!!!!

    April 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. dcmisty

    The "Party of NO" is at it again! When do Republicans in D.C. stop this insanity under the name of fiscal conservatism! The "Party of NO" is playing a political game at the expense of Americans. They didn't come up with ideas about health care reform, just said NO. Now for the second time, they just said NO to extending unemployement benefits to those Americans who need it the most. Let's not forget who is really responsible for our recession! Years of Republican policy making that gave the Wall Street captains a green light on greed. Where was "The Party of NO" then? I'm ashamed to say I'm a registered Republican!

    April 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Enough

    Well it isn't Welfare and benefits should expire. Who's paying for them as they are? As a small business employer our unemployment rate that the state charges us more than doubled over last year..............not to mention our workmans comp went up almost 50%. This will NOT lead to economic recovery, this will lead to us NOT hiring anyone anytime soon. Good job California and they wonder why businesses leave this state.

    April 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. larry

    why don't the republicans complain about the deficit spending to pay for two wars that was started on the republicans watch? Why is it that when they want to show some fiscal discipline it's at the expense of those that can least afford it?

    April 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Susan

    Yeah the GOP doesn't want our Kids and grandkids to have to inherit this debt BULL CRAP......they don't care about your kids or grandkids, only THEIR KIDS.....they don't want their kids Futrue to be effected by this debt that the poor or unemployed are imposing on their Kids future......because right now for the unemployed, TODAY and TIOMORROW and next WEEK is their future for themselves and their kids.......they don't need the money next year or in 6 months from now they need it now. I will never vote for the Republican party or any of these right wing conservatives that have only their interest in mind and not the needs of the less fortunate.......and I hope the people of Oklahoma remember this arrogant Senator when he comes up for re-election and they send him back to the Dr. Office where he belongs......and from what I hear he isn't that good of a Doctor either......

    April 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Independent_me

    How many children will go hungry, and how much more pressure will fathers and mothers be put under because ONE FAMILY VALUE, MORAL VALUE Republican could care less whether they eat this Easter weekend, or not.

    Imagine doing this to hurting families at EASTER TIME!

    I would willingly pay higher taxes so that my suffering neighbor can get the tiny bit of help that an unemployment check provides....

    Republicans are heartless, and God-less!

    They have also just put an additional burden on States and local governments because these people will end up seeking welfare...

    God God, America! I shudder to think of where this country would have been right now had the Republicans been in power!!!

    April 5, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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