March 2nd, 2010
02:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Bunning still not answering questions

(CNN) - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning is still not answering questions about his decision to block a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless Americans.

CNN's Dana Bash and a CNN camera crew again tried to get Bunning to comment more extensively on the controversy but the senator emphatically declined.

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  1. Dan Holiday

    I think he is doing the right thing by asking where the money is going to come from. It is a rule that Congress put in place and he is just asking that it be adhered to. Besides, he is trying to break Obama's grip on the welfare state that has popped up under this administration. Right now the feds pay 80 % of unemployment benefits. This is making a whole new generation of people become reliant on public assistance. I thought that the states and the feds had been trying to get people off welfare and into jobs. I guess Obama and his socialist cronies think otherwise. They want more and more people on it so that they can keep growing the government and it's role in people's lives. Keep on fighting for the people with brains Mr. Bunning.

    March 2, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |

    The truth is he has said what you don"t want to hear. this is a wake up call for all you dounces to do things in the right way. Get back to the basics. Govern in a responcilble and fiscal manor. We as familes
    have to know what we can afford,you in congress need to get real
    with priority decisions. How can you spend money you and we
    do not have.

    March 2, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. John Thomas

    I think Bunning is a hero. Someone has to stand up for unsustainable spending even if it is difficult. If we keep going the way we are the whole country will collapse and there will be no help from any where. All he is saying is find the money from somewhere before spending it. What bank in the world would give a loan to a business if there was no way to pay it back even if the loan was for the purpose of feeding the poor.

    March 2, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Marty Russell

    Goverment approved help for earthquake victims but one person is blocking benefits for USA citizens. Help non citizens before helping "home grown". This picture of America just keeps getting worse to the point of where do we realize silliness is the common path our gov follows.

    March 2, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. John

    While I admire Dana Bash and CNN’s terrific attempts to try to get a comment out of this Senator, no news organization is truly holding his feet to the fire. Where was he during the eight years of the Bush Administration? The runaway spending of those eight years consisted of a unpaid prescription drug plan that was rammed through, two unpaid wars, unpaid tax cuts etc. etc. If Senator Bunning is so concerned about leaving a mounting debt to his forty grandchildren perhaps he should do a symbolic gesture and reject the Federal pension he is going to receive once he retires. A pension I might ad which is paid for 100% by the taxpayers.

    March 2, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Melissa in Austin, TX

    My first six months of unemployment ran out last week. I just called and talked to a representative of the Texas Workforce Commission to see how my extended benefits will begin and if they needed any additional information from me to begin receiving these benefits. I was told as of today, in my opinion because of this one elderly senator from Kentucky, I will receive NO MORE benefits!!! I was also told a temporary fix may happen at any time, but even then they cannot guarantee me any more benefits. I was layed off Aug. 31, 2009 and have been actively seeking full-time, temporary or even contract work, but nothing! I am scared to death! What will happen to all the other unemployed workers throughout the US? Can someone tell me who I might call in the government to express my outrage and worry????? Thanks. Melissa in Austin, TX

    March 2, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. lilacluvr

    Why should this guy care? He has a good paying job, great health insurance and a good pension if and when he finally gets the boot. Typical politician.

    March 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. hongli

    The typical Republican IDIOT.

    March 2, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Reny

    That is your Republicans at work. If the bill was going to benefit big business and the rich he would be all for it.

    March 2, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Richard L

    Why would the Party of No need to explain anything? It should be obvious by now.

    March 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    Bunning voted for Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. How come he didnt care how to pay for that?!? Do you know how much did Bush tax cuts cost? Let me give you a hint... More then the Healthcare reform bill! Thats right, 1.8 trillion dollars we gave to the rich people. Because everyone knows the wealthy needs money to buy their 11th home and 20th car!

    March 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Navy Vet

    It's nice to see the Republicans so determined to get up early and show up to do NOTHING.

    March 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. bud in NC

    Bunning makes a wonderful salary, has the world's best healthcare and will get wonderful retirement benefits- all paid for by hardworking taxpayers. He should give some of that back to help balance the budget. And he tells us to go to hell. Well Hell is too good a place for him. He deserves far worse.

    March 2, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    I don't agree with his action but he did state his reasons pretty clearly. He wants government to pay for a program. End of story.

    Hounding by the media is always to catch an embarassing moment or a mistaken word.

    March 2, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |

    What a coward. He is retiring so he doesn`t have to answer. He does have point about how to get the funding but its over eight years late

    March 2, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Mesa Mick

    Bunning is the poster child for what is wrong with republicans and their backwards looking, obstructionist conservative "Idiot-ology"...

    Blame everything on the working middle class – especially people of color – tell working people that they are lazy and only want handouts not jobs, and then bleat and bray about the superiority of their so-called "family and religious values" while giving tax cuts to the rich and selling their votes to the highest corporate bidder.

    Only in America can lizard-brained, jackbooted brownshirts get elected to office by bigoted, pudgy white folks on SocSec...

    March 2, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Don Calitri

    Bunning is an example of some of the ignorance we still have in Kentucky. Maybe it is because one of the batters he faced in baseball hit the ball back to him so hard that it hit him in the head. He is a good example to support term limits and could be a negative for people in KY who are considering who to vote for in the coming election. Why would a KY voter vote Republican when the two people running for his position on the Republican slate support his views. Also an example of the party of NO.

    March 2, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Cory

    I wonder why the Dems don't just put this bill on the calendar instead of demagoguing it by continuing to ask for unanimous consent.

    March 2, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. moderate in montana

    He thinks he is the hero in a Frank Capra movie.

    They should drug test congress.

    March 2, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. McCain-in-4

    Any sane person can't help but feel the entire Republican Party supports this supposedly independent senator's decision to block continuing unemployment benefits "without funding sources". Senator Bunning won't suggest any funding sources, nor find additional revenue sources (taxes) to continue benefits to those people who were functional individuals before this deep recession. But, hey, its no skin off his back.

    March 2, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Virginia L. Goodman

    All of us who work under a W-4 pay in for unemployment benefits, and some of us have never collected. Rep. Bunning voted for the war, and that certainly was paid for upfront. These are extenuating circumstances and times we live in. How would he like to have his food money taken away from him, after losing their housing, furniture, etc? We give money to many countries around the world, but why aren't we helping our own citizens? I hope he's out of office very soon!

    March 2, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. mGerl

    CNN – why are you not calling this what it is : A FILLIBUSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is no mainstream media outlet calling Senator Bunning out on using the fillibuster??????

    March 2, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Steph

    If he feels this strongly about financial constraint, why didn't he hold up the votes on the unfunded wars OR the tax cuts to the very wealthy...that the Republicans pushed through using reconciliation (or as Faux news is calling it – the nuclear option). Does he think we're stupid?!?!

    March 2, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Brad

    Typical republican. Just say 'No' without anything to back him up. Don't ask any questions and don't expect any response. When are they going to go away?

    March 2, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    This jerk should be censured.....

    March 2, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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