Sen. Jim Bunning continues to object to extending unemployment benefits. On Monday, the Kentucky Republican once again prevented a vote on a bill that would extend eligibility for enhanced unemployment benefits and subsidized health insurance for laid-off workers by 30 days.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asked for unanimous consent to move forward with the bill. If Congress fails to pass an extension, the National Employment Law Project estimates that 1.2 million people will lose their benefits in March.
"Six times last week, Democrats asked to extend their unemployment benefits for a short time while they work on a longer extension," Reid said. "Six times, Republicans said no. They didn't just say no to us, that is members of the Senate. They said no to their families in their own states and all our states count on us to act when we need action. They count on us to respond in the event of an emergency. This is an emergency. The Republicans in the Senate are standing between these families and the help they need while these benefits expire and expired."
To show how much contempt Bunnings has for the unemployed, the last time a Democratic senator pleaded with him to quit stalling, his response was the following: "Tough shit."
Adding insult to injury, a reporter from ABC News reportedly tried to adddress the issue to Sen. Bunnings, who responded by yelling at said reporter and gave him the one-finger salute. Fitting, since this jerkoff has been doing that to the unemployed who need these benifits to stay afloat.