The real story behind senator Bunning’s blockage of $10B unemployment extension

The liberal press has been excoriating senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) for “single-handedly” holding up a $10B bill to extend unemployment benefits and some federal highway & transit programs. They (the AP) are whining that

The extension of transportation programs was part of a larger package of government programs that also expired Sunday, including unemployment benefits for about 400,000 Americans.

Bunning objected to the $10 billion measure, saying it would add to the budget deficit. He didn’t immediately respond to a request Sunday for comment.

In typical fashion, the AP leaves out important details that complete the story.

Senator Bunning noted that Congress is supposed to be acting under its newly reinstated PAYGO provisions, which Mr. Obama signed signed into law on February 12. Under PAYGO Congress is required to find offsets (reduced spending or increased taxes) to pay for any new spending legislation.

Instead, Congress wanted to exempt this bill, which is the very first bill to come before them under PAYGO.

We thought Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats were major proponents of PAYGO? Was it all ‘just words’?

So senator Bunning is simply holding congress and the administration to their own rules? Too bad the AP couldn’t find the space for this little fact…


4 Responses to “The real story behind senator Bunning’s blockage of $10B unemployment extension”

  1. Hello. Great job, if I wasn’t so busy with my school work I read your entire site. Thanks!

  2. post – and solid domain by the way!

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