Kentucky GOP senator Jim Bunning screwed over 1.2 million jobless Americans with one filibuster. And that ain’t all:
“This means that construction workers will be sent home from job sites because federal inspectors must be furloughed.”Federal projects shut down include more than $38 million in project funding for Idaho’s Nez Perce National Forest and Fernan Lakes Idaho Panhandle National Forest and $86 million for bridge replacements in the Washington, D.C., area. Bunning’s home state of Kentucky has no projects affected by his action.
However, nearly 1.2 million unemployed workers, including 14,000 in Kentucky, would lose federal jobless benefits this month if Congress doesn’t extend them, according to the National Employment Law Project, a liberal-leaning research group. The U.S. Labor Department estimates that about a third will lose benefits in the first two weeks of the month.
I’m glad the press has found the ovaries/cajones to confront this dill-hole. “Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!” should be the new “get off my lawn.”
UPDATE: Jon Kyl of Arizona says people on unemployment are lazy shits anyway. Kick ’em off the rolls, make ’em desperate for a job. Oh, sorry; that wasn’t fair. Let his own words hang him:
“I’m sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can’t argue that it’s a job enhancer. If anything, as I said, it’s a disincentive. And the same thing with the COBRA extension and the other extensions here,” said Kyl.
See? He was being nice. As he takes away their food and rent and health care money, he makes sure to say polite things about their hard-workiness.