Bunning Blocks Jobless Benefits Extension

by Gabe Bullard on February 27, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

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Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning’s blockage Friday of an extension of jobless benefits is unlikely to be felt by any recipients of those benefits this coming week.

Bunning repeatedly objected to a 10 billion dollar bill that would, among other things, extend certain jobless benefits.

Bunning objected because he didn’t want to run up the national debt, and with the Senate adjourned for the weekend, jobless benefits will expire for hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans.

The unemployed can still file Monday for their entitled benefits for the week, but unless an extension is passed, those benefits will not be renewed next week.

The program expiring offers several weeks of additional money after other benefits are exhausted. Other unemployment benefits will remain in place.

Congress has traditionally extended unemployment benefits retroactively if they expire.

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KY Jobless Rate Hits 20+ Year High

by kespeland January 27, 2009

Several large U.S. corporations announced massive lay-offs nationwide this week. About 55,000 jobs were lost in a single day. It’s not yet clear whether any of those losses will come from Kentucky. What is clear is that the most recent unemployment statistics here show little improvement.

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