Posted by | March 2, 2010 18:05 | Filed under: Top Stories

Senator Jim Bunning is suddenly making a big deal about signing an extension on unemployment benefits because they’re not paid for. However, in 2003, Bunning touted how his vote for a similar unpaid-for measure kept his constituents working in Kentucky (via Think Progress)

U.S. Senator Jim Bunning today announced that legislation to extend temporary unemployment benefits for an additional five months has passed the United States Congress. The legislation, which was unanimously approved yesterday by the Senate and by a vote of 416-4 today in the House, would also provide a temporary 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for all individuals who exhaust their traditional benefits before June 1, 2003. “The 108th Congress is off to a solid start,” said Bunning. “This is hopeful news for our most needy families in Kentucky. By approving this legislation we will help those folks who are currently without work continue to make ends meet until they can find new employment.” Passage of this legislation means that there will be no lapse in assistance for the nearly 10,000 Kentuckians who have filed claims so far for extended benefits.

Bunning is no longer going to be a Senator, as his own leader, Mitch McConnell, has advised him not to run what would likely be a losing race. Could that be the reason for the flip-flop?

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