Boehner: no acceptable White House plan to extend U.S. unemployment

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) calls on a reporter during a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) calls on a reporter during a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he has not seen an acceptable plan from the White House to extend long-term unemployment benefits that are due to expire on December 31.

Boehner said he told President Barack Obama last week that he would consider such a plan from the White House.

"I said we would clearly consider it, as long as it was paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get our economy going once again. I have not seen a plan from the White House that meets those standards," he said.

In the Senate, the majority Democrats have not advanced a stand-alone unemployment compensation extension, arguing that Republican opposition has made it too cumbersome to pass in the chamber, Democratic aides said.

These aides added that unless Boehner initiates a bill to extend the benefits in the House and pushes it through the Republican-controlled chamber first, the benefits will likely expire at the end of this month for about 1.3 million jobless Americans.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Chris Reese)

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willich6 wrote:
Extended Unemployment Benefits are no longer appropriate with growth and employment increasing. A Reuters economic poll released today indicates significantly improved growth is forecast for 2014 with the uncertainty of a budget deal now behind us and improving financial conditions.
This is a cost that we cannot continue to pay.. The Senate won’t even propose a bill to extend, so it shows that the Senate Dems don’t even feel they could approve it.

Dec 11, 2013 11:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:
Always heartwarming to watch American conservatives twerk their disdain for unemployed citizens of the same country. So much for civics, patriotism and a view extending beyond quarterly profits.

But, then, vampire scum always have followed vampire squid.

Dec 11, 2013 12:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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