So the good news is, I got the extension. The bad news is, I don’t know when I’ll get it – me, and two million other Americans:
(CNN) — Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.
The extension, which had bipartisan support, would have cost about $10 billion, but a lone Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, said no until the costs are offset.
The Oklahoma senator objected to a commonly used unanimous-consent agreement to pass the bill under emergency conditions, even if it increases the federal deficit. Coburn wants to eliminate additional government spending to pay for the bill.
“The legitimate debate is whether we borrow and steal from our kids or we get out of town and send the bill to our kids for something that we’re going to consume today,” Coburn said on the Senate floor.
It’s the second time a Republican has blocked a so-called “emergency extension” of jobless benefits.
The last time this happened was in 2002, when the economy was in the crapper after 9/11. No one could quite believe that the Republicans refused to extend unemployment benefits, but they did. As a result, I ended up leaving my apartment right before I was going to be evicted.
This isn’t a game, although Republicans would like to have you believe we’re all just sitting around on vacation, sipping pina coladas. Shame on them.