Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) promised that he'd be the next Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) if he had to be. And last night, he made good on his threat.At issue is paying for it. The Democrats want to use a supplemental spending bill and not use stimulus funds. They feel the stimulus funds should be used for job creation so that people can come off the rolls permanently. The problem with the Republican argument on this issue is that the wars were all done during the Bush years as supplemental spending bills. So let me see if I have this correct, war without paying is fine but helping those in dire financial straits is irresponsible spending.
Coburn is blocking unanimous consent on extension of unemployment benefits, just as Bunning did a few weeks ago. Only this time, Coburn's not alone -- the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other members of the Republican caucus have joined with Coburn, promising to block billions in unemployment benefits just as the Senate is set to leave on a two-week recess.
Due to the timing of the blockade, benefits could expire on April 5, a situation that would not be remedied for a week while the Senate is out of town. Senators will return from their Easter break on April 12.
Will the games never stop?