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. rachel

    Imagine that want to pay for program instead of just saying put it on the tab. Now everyone will come out with the pitch forks against this guy but they could have used stimulus funds to pay for the unemployment extenstion but the dems said no why is that?

    April 5, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Shame Shame Shame

    All of a sudden republican'ts want to be fiscally responsible in a time of a national emergency. Where was this fiscal responsibility from 2000-2008? Now they're just playing plain old politics. They(republican'ts) should all be ashamed of themselves.

    April 5, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please send your thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn{R}, and tell him thanks for trip to the stripjoint, and always voting YES on war funding.

    April 5, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. wial

    What a jerk Coburn is. The government could save money by sending him to do bomb disposal in Afghanistan. He's already on socialized health care, might as well make him useful.

    April 5, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Tim

    I'd like to see how this gasbag would react if his benefits ran out.

    April 5, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. catmomtx

    Brought to you by Republicans in Congress. Vote for them in the midterm elections if you want your tax dollars to go everywhere but the US tax payers. Vote for them if you want to go back to the policies that actually were responsible for the unemployment we have today. By all means though, ignore what is really happening in our country. Ignore the fact that our country is slowly but surely coming back to the place it was before Bush/Cheney and Republican policies just about ruined our country. Be afraid, be very afraid. Thank you . Oh and by the way vote for Republicans who will be here to continue with obstructing everything the duly elected President of the United States of America is trying to do to help the American people.

    April 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Marge

    The right wing radical hate America group strikes again. How much longer are the American people going to put up with this bunch of callous, corporate republican swine in congress.

    April 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Coburn knows where his next meal is coming from. All of a sudden we have to worry about where $10 billion is coming from when two wars were started and NO ONE knew where the money was comig from!!!

    April 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. phoenix86

    Obama can't afford unemployment insurance for Americans after Obamacare. At least the unemployed (and those soon to be because of Obama) will have "affordable health insurance" that they can buy (or pay the fine to the IRS).

    Change you believed in!

    April 5, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. PEDRO

    Now, will all those Republicans who railed against extending these benefits now stand up and in unison deride the Administration for allowing them to expire? Please don't miss a chance to show off your hypocritical characteristics.

    April 5, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    So what, it's no Coburn's problem if children and families are without because he like the rest of the GOP could care less, it's about politics for them.

    April 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Terry From West Texas

    There's nothing a Republican Senator enjoys more than kicking middle-class Americans while they're down. I mean, after all, there are three economic classes in America:
    1. The winner class (top 5%)
    2. The loser class (called "middle class" by Liberals)
    3. The loafer class (called "the poor" by Liberals)

    America is, after all, for winners.

    April 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. John in WV

    Tom Coburn is the one who should be on the unemployment line with expired benefits.

    April 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Doug - Dallas

    Another example of Washington being completely out of touch with the real America. Maybe it's because they still have their salaries and benefits that are paid for by the very people who need their help. Regardless, it's an indication of how little they care about mainstream America.

    April 5, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Shelly

    Obstructionists!!! The Republicans have NO heart or soul, only a mind that is constantly finding ways to make the average American suffer and the wealthy get richer Especially when the money can be used for strip clubs and an extravagant meeting in Hawaii. I have said it before and I say it again they ONLY care for the TOP 2% of the population and if you are not the top...TOUGH LUCK. They hide behind the cloak of " Christian/ Family' values'....hypocrites.

    April 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Fed Up

    Who needs unemployment benefits? The recession is over, remember? Everyone should be working by now. At least, they should have jobs in the next week or so. Don't forget – you have to buy insurance with your non-existent income. Come on guys! Do your part for America! Bolster the insurance companies with your non-existent money. You will also get to pay more taxes for this privilege. Start smiling!

    April 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Lynn

    What a surprise, a Republican stuck it to the unemployed working class.

    April 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Brian phoenix

    Typical party of NO...wonder where he was when Bush was deficit spending us into the poor house for a war he lied about...about time to take care of our own first..don't ya think

    April 5, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Greg Smith

    What is it with these republicans. I just don't understand the logic. Run two wars totally unfunded and then turn around and deny unemployment extensions because they are not revenue offset? Seems like someones's priorities are a bit mixed up or they just don't get it. In my opinion it's both.

    April 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Barbara Independent in NY

    More and continued proof positive that Republicans DON"T CARE about the "little guy" in America.

    April 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Steph

    Easy way to offset the cost. Take the money out of Sen. Colburn's government salary and benefits.

    April 5, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Brink

    Remember the following when you are casting your ballot in November:

    "Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, said no."

    April 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Sniffit

    Nothing like the fresh scent of NO on a beautiful spring morning, eh GOPers? What's Coburn getting for falling on his sword so all the other malcontents can look like their hands are clean, I wonder...

    April 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. jane

    Coburn doesn't seem to get that money for "government spending" comes directly from the people who need their money back so desperately now. The man is a disgrace. A sorry excuse for a public servant!!

    April 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Sen. Coburn continues to show Americans what compassionate conservatism is all about.

    April 5, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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