Reid rails against omitting jobless benefits

Sen. Harry Reid
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Updated: 12/20/2013 12:18 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is railing against Congress' failure to include extending federal jobless benefits to more than 1 million people in a two-year budget deal.

The Nevada Democrat on Thursday accused Republicans of obstructionism and said the GOP is the reason Congress is less popular than a cockroach.

The budget deal approved Wednesday is aimed at preventing another government shutdown and eases the harshest effect of automatic budget cuts.

But it also excluded extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. About 17,000 Nevadans will be cut off from benefits Dec. 28.

Reid says reinstating the program will be a priority when Congress convenes in January.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller introduced a bill Wednesday to extend the program for three months while a compromise is sought.


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Imk816 - 12/20/2013 1:36 AM
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It seems that the real obstructionist here is the Senator who has consistently opposed any legislation that might spur businesses to create jobs while supporting measures that cause the reduction, elimination, or part-timing of jobs or insidiously trap people in the welfare system. Perhaps he and his ilk could donate their salaries and the cost of their lavish perks to pay for something for a change instead of taking his pound of flesh out of the backs of veterans, seniors, and the middle class.

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