http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2616333620100326WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans could face further financial strain in coming weeks after Congress failed to extend the unemployment benefits that help them pay the bills while they look for work.
With 14.9 million Americans out of work, Congress adjourned for a two-week break without extending jobless programs that are due to expire in coming days.
Republican Senator Tom Coburn blocked the Senate from voting to extend the program on the grounds its $9.2 billion cost should not add to the deficit. Democrats say it qualifies as emergency spending and thus does not need to be offset with tax increases or spending cuts elsewhere.
Instead of a second thread, did anyone see the GOP refusal to allow committee meetings after 2pm, and the refusal to grant unanimous consent on moving forward on meetings while congress is in session?
Here's one of the first links when I googled it... http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/23/senate-unanimous-consent/ or a more fair and balanced source... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/24/republicans-use-objections-stall-senate-hearings-force-votes-health-care/