House Won’t Be Bullied into Extending Unemployment Benefits

Capitol BuildingHeritage Action – by KATHERINE ROSARIO

The Senate approved a five-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits Monday, and though there is some pressure in the House from moderate Republicans hailing from high unemployment states to do the same, reports indicate that the House will not cave:

Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist, said Democrats may be able to get more Republicans onboard by attaching job-creation measures to the bill. Some Republican senators introduced amendments they said would create jobs, such as approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but Mr. Reid blocked all amendments.  

“Right now, most House Republicans are not hearing about this issue back in their districts. They’re hearing about Obamacare and job creation and the need to grow the economy,” Mr. Bonjean said. “They’re not feeling the political pressure Democrats claim is happening.”

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