A Statement From Republican Senators Negotiating Unemployment Insurance Issue

We received a joint statement from the Republican US Senators negotiating with Democrats on a deal to extend unemployment insurance:

Following a meeting this afternoon, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dan Coats (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Rob Portman (R-OH) issued a joint statement regarding the current state of negotiations surrounding an unemployment insurance benefits extension that is fully paid for:

“We continue to negotiate in good faith, and we are all encouraged that we are making progress on a package that could pass with bipartisan support. The proposal includes (1) a three-month extension of the temporary federal long-term unemployment insurance program; (2) a repeal of the recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December’s budget agreement; and (3) offsets to pay for the unemployment extension and restoring military retiree benefits within the budget window.

“Our solution would also allow for a reasonable number of related amendments to be offered by both sides, which would be a productive breakthrough.”

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  1. notsplost says:

    Shameless pandering and empty posturing; a cynic could have a field day with this group of skunks, so I think I will.

    Repealing the recent cuts to the military COLA adjustment probably plays well with low-information voters, but those of us who are paying attention know that this essentially blows up the Ryan-Murray budget deal, the ink on which is barely dry. The increases in spending above sequester levels have to be offset somehow, and this was the deal they all made and voted for back in December.

    More of the same charade of “I was against the bill before I was for it.” Or is it the other way around?

    And the “offsets”are likely more Enron-esque smoke and mirrors, involving accounting gimmicks that would make Jeff Skilling blush or sigh with envy.

    The fact is that the same Senators who sent you this press release all voted for the deal back in December that 1. Allowed extended unemployment benefits to expire and 2. Cut military pensions.

    Now they want to have it both ways, and claim they really didn’t vote for that.


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