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Workers furloughed after senator blocks bill

March 2, 2010

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— The Department of Transportation furloughed nearly 2,000 employees without pay Monday as the government began to feel the impact of Republican Sen. Jim Bunning’s one-man blockage of legislation that would keep a host of federal programs operating.

Bunning’s “hold” also affects jobless benefits for thousands of unemployed workers, rural television customers, doctors receiving Medicare payments and others.

Bunning, R-Ky., wants the $10 billion price of extending the programs offset by reductions in spending elsewhere in the budget to not drive up the deficit.

Absent that, his objections to proceed with the legislation deny the Senate the “unanimous consent” that Senate rules require for going forward under expedited procedure. The Senate can overcome his objection if 60 of its 100 members vote to do so. So far they haven’t, and doing that would take at least four days under Senate rules.

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verity 4 years, 1 month ago

I do recall reading that he said something like "I don't give a s---," so I think saying that he would "hurt the little guy for your own vendetta" is correct.

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AP 7:13 pm "Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) Tuesday night abandoned his one-man filibuster of a one-month extension to unemployment benefits and other programs."

Would be interesting to know what changed his mind.

I had just been thinking about how well trying to shut down the government worked for Newt Gingrich.

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beobachter 4 years, 1 month ago

As expected, he's a member of party of "NO'. In other words screw anyone who is a working person.

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jaywalker 4 years, 1 month ago

"Jaywalker , do a little research so you don't appear so ignorant. Bunning is being kicked out of congress by his own party elders , thats why he is not running again"

Cowboy, do a little better job reading and comprehending so you don't show off your ignorance. I never made any mention of Bunning's status, whether he's running, or blah blah blah. Don't care, he's not my rep. And gee, thanks for the re-cap of what "his current stunt" is. Duh....hayuk! I never realized that stopping unemployment benefits would stop unemployment benefits! Doooooh. Now, prove that he purposely did this to "hurt the little guy for [his] own vendetta." Spouting unsubstantiated, emotion based rhetoric is only proof of a fallacious argument.

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cowboy 4 years, 1 month ago

Jaywalker , do a little research so you don't appear so ignorant. Bunning is being kicked out of congress by his own party elders , thats why he is not running again. Why , because he can't get elected again due to his senile and embarrassing behavior. Mitch McConnell R-Ky made sure of this by cutting off contributions to his campaign fund forcing him to retire. The guy has been a gun without a safety for the past couple years . His current stunt impacts millions of Americans in holding up their much needed jobs , insurance benefits , and unemployment benefits. He is an embarrassment to his state , read a few Kentucky papers , and has no heart whatsoever. To hurt the little guy for your own vendetta is the worst of the worst.

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anon1958 4 years, 1 month ago

This is just grandstanding and politics of destruction. Bunning is no hero, his motivations are ignoble. If he was actually making a personal stand I could support him even disagreeing with him. He isnt, this is GOP salt the earth tactics.

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jaywalker 4 years, 1 month ago

"Bunning should be drug out of the congress and handed over to those who were furloughed and the ones not receiving their unemployment funds."

Oh yeah, you're a cowboy alright; Uneducated and eager to lynch. Both yourself and KRichards need to think about the whole picture first before posting. Does this move seem like something the majority of people are going to appreciate? Of course not! Explain how this is some sort of political posturing that HELPS the party that instigates it? It's destined to be wildly unpopular from the get-go. It takes guts to step up and do this. The man is trying to uphold the rules of process and keep the deficit from growing unnecessarily. At the very least, these extended benefits should be coming from that massive bundle this administration conjured out of thin air...........what was that thing called again? Stimulaton?

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Keith Richards 4 years, 1 month ago

They know exactly what they are doing. Have the guy that is not running for office again this fall be the fall guy for a jobs bill that has no funding. This is just typical dem/gop politics.

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cowboy 4 years, 1 month ago

Bunning should be drug out of the congress and handed over to those who were furloughed and the ones not receiving their unemployment funds. This is not a one man show but an orchestration by the republicans. Shame on you impacting millions of families for your own political theater.

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Brent Garner 4 years, 1 month ago

Didn't the Senate and the House both pass a law recently requiring that expenditures be paid for by identified revenues or spending cuts or some combination of both? I believe it is called Pay Go! So, now comes this bill before the Senate and The Liar Harry Reid wants to exempt it from Pay Go. This Senator objects and blocks the bill demanding that it be paid for. Sounds more responsible than The Liar Harry Reid. At least this senator is demanding the Senate live by the rules they passed! What a novel idea!

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