Dems Refuse Compromise on Unemployment Benefits; Go On Vacation
Democrats refused to compromise on unemployment legislation. They went on vacation instead.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Congress adjourns this week for the July Fourth recess without having passed a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits to 1.3 million people who started losing them this month.
Democrats have been painting Republicans as unsympathetic to the long-term unemployed who will be unable to collect benefits, but Democratic leaders have rejected several offers by the GOP to vote for the bill if at least some of it is paid for.
“My concern is that the Democrats are more interested in having this issue to demagogue for political gamesmanship than they are in simply passing the benefits extension,” said Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who offered a deal that was rejected by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Democratic leaders were quick to attack Republicans for opposing the benefits, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calling their opposition “just cruel” and “contrary to what our country is about.”
Republicans, meanwhile, stood firm in their argument that extending benefits should not add to the deficit.