facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Democrats: Extension of jobless benefits 'Job One' in 2014

Dec. 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Democratic congressional leaders say an extension of federal jobless benefits is their top priority when the House and Senate reconvene in January.

They may not get much support from some Republicans, who contend lawmakers' efforts should be focused on creating jobs, the Hill reported Saturday.

About 1.3 million Americans lost their federal unemployment benefits Saturday after a renewal of the program was not included in a compromise budget signed by President Obama.

The president backs a bill proposed by Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., that would extend benefits for three months. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said the extension will be the first item he will bring up for consideration in 2014.

House Republicans are already being pressured to act quickly on the extension. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday blamed the GOP for the expiration of benefits, an action she called "immoral."

Some Republicans oppose renewing federal unemployment insurance, noting the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7 percent in November. They say a three-month extension would cost $6 billion, and a yearlong extension $26 billion. They want Democrats to put forth a specific plan. Other Republicans, such as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, want to see the costs offset by spending cuts.

Such GOP concerns are off-target, Pelosi says. In her statement Friday, she said, "Every dollar invested in this initiative yields $1.52 in economic growth, and an extension of UI [unemployment insurance] could produce as many as 300,000 jobs,"

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile
2
GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets
3
Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country
4
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
5
China overhauls legal system, at least on paper China overhauls legal system, at least on paper
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback