07/01/2010 // Washington, D.C., US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – Over a million people who’ve lost their unemployment benefits may not see them reinstated anytime soon. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Republicans filibustered the most recent measure introduced for the extension of jobless benefits on Wednesday, just before Congress’ weeklong vacation.
As noted in the report, the number of people who have lost benefits is expected to be approximately three million by the end of July. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is quoted by the AP as stating that President Obama is calling on Republicans in Congress to “end their obstruction of this critical aid.”
Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is further quoted as stating, “it is hard to understand how anybody can come to this floor and say, for 1.7 million people and their families, this is not an emergency.”
Some Republicans have reportedly cited paying for the extended aid as a major issue. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, is quoted by the AP as stating, “We could pass this bill with broad bipartisan support if Democrats would just agree to pay for the spending.”
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