KY Senator holding up bill to extend unemployment benefits

Unemployment BenefitsJobs and WorkplaceUnemployment and LayoffsJim BunningIndiana HoosiersRepublican Party

A single lawmaker is costing more than one-million jobless Americans their unemployment benefits.

He's blocking legislation that would extend federal highway and transit programs. The action by Kentucky Republican Senator Jim Bunning affects 17,000 Hoosiers this week and thousands more each week the extension isn't renewed.

Bunning objects to the $10 billion bill because it would add to the country's deficit. Fellow Republicans say they hope to get Bunning to drop his objections so they can vote to extend unemployment benefits later this week.

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