U.S. Senator Jim Bunning issued the following statement on the failure of Congressional Democrats to extend the unemployment benefits that are scheduled to expire today.
"Before the Senate adjourned for the Easter Recess, Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats had agreed to pass a one-week extension of unemployment benefits that was fully paid for.? Unfortunately, the House Democrat leadership said no, and then Congress left town knowing the benefits would expire.?Earlier, Senate Democrats voted to kill a one-month extension that was fully offset and did not add to the deficit.
"We could have stayed in Washington to resolve the issue and see that these benefits are extended and paid for, but it seems the Democrats thought it was more important to catch their planes.?I am disappointed that the Democrats continue to play political games to avoid paying for these benefits that are so important to the many struggling families across our nation who rely on them to make ends meet while they search for work. Clearly, the Democrats don't want to help the unemployed unless they can increase the deficit while they're doing it."