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'F-bomb' dropped in unemployment debate

May 28, 2010 at 7:40 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., used the "F word" arguing with those saying ending unemployment benefits would cause more people to look for work, observers said.

Miller, the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, made the comments as the House moved forward with the extension of benefits through November, The Hill reported Friday.

"If you're unemployed what the f--- difference does that make to you?" Miller said. "If you had a job you would take the job."

Miller strongly disagrees the unemployed are choosing government assistance over work. He noted unemployed people are struggling to hold on to their homes and have that as an incentive to find work regardless of their unemployment benefits.

"You've got millions of people out of work and the idea that they all have a clever scheme that they're going to live high off the hog on unemployment -- people are losing their houses because of unemployment," he said. "So you think what? That this is a good thing? Unemployment check, I'm losing my house, this is cool?"

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