WASHINGTON Dec 11 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 Dec. 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