Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The problem is this - we are in the final weeks of the lame duck session. This means that after Congress adjourns, then it will be the newly elected Congress that will need to pass the extension of unemployment benefits.
The problem with that is that the newly elected Congress is that they are dominated by members of the GOP - not surprising in its entirety because of criticisms of the current government, and the Obama Administration. However, they aren't exactly for the unemployment extension - not because they don't want to help those without a job but because they want to curb government spending.
Obama has proposed ways to cut the budget - he's going to freeze civilian pay for federal government workers. Of course, this move has to be approved by Congress.
I imagine that there will be a lot of upset federal workers, but they should be grateful to have jobs...with benefits...although I could understand that knowing that you aren't going to get your customary raise would be disconcerting, at best.
There are a lot of things to hammer out. However, the unemployment extension - no matter what the cost - should be of the utmost importance to legislators.