On the morning of the day unemployment benefits are set to expire across America, one Republican senator defended the ideology of another.
“All Senator Bunning was saying quite correctly is it ought to be paid for,” Sen. Jon Kyl told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) explained Sunday why Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) was justified in blocking another extension of unemployment benefits.
“Congress just passed the so-called pay-go legislation which is supposed to require that we find offsets or other savings if we are going to spend money. So what’s the first thing we do? We exempt this bill from it,” he complained.
But Kyl does believe the extension of benefits will eventually pass because they are temporary. “It will pass, though, because it’s a temporary extension. The question for the longer term extension is a different issue because that’s well over $100 billion,” he added.
Republican Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) on Thursday night expressed his opposition to renewing unemployment benefits on the Senate floor with an unusually harsh message for its backers: “Tough shit.”
Bunning repeatedly and single-handedly objected to an effort by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to attain unanimous consent among senators for extending COBRA and other benefits to out-of-work individuals across America.
Bunning claimed he was concerned about the impact of the benefits extension on the deficit and insisted the funds come out of President Obama’s stimulus package.
Provisions of last year’s stimulus bill that allow extra weeks of unemployment benefits and COBRA health coverage are set to expire today.
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 28, 2010.