PoliticalNews.me - Jul 02,2010 - (From PoliticalNews.me)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH) released the following statement on the stand-alone unemployment insurance extension:
“I have supported tens-of-billions of dollars in assistance for unemployed families in Ohio thus far and last week supported another unemployment insurance extension which was paid for. Unfortunately my Democratic colleagues blocked that amendment offered by Senator John Thune which also would have paid for tax extenders without borrowing money on the credit card of our children and grandchildren.
“In order to move forward, yesterday I told Leader Reid that I would support extending unemployment insurance if Democrats would be willing to use some of the estimated $40 billion in unspent stimulus monies to help offset at least half of the stand-alone unemployment insurance extension. He flatly rejected this request even though Democratic Leadership was going to take $10 billion from the stimulus to help pay for business tax breaks just last week. My concern is that the Democrats are more interested in having this issue to demagogue for political gamesmanship than they are in simply passing the benefits extension. I came to the table with a fair compromise and the ball is in their court.”