House Speaker: Must Pay For Extending Jobless Aid

(Washington, DC) -- Republican House Speaker John Boehner remains open to extending longterm unemployment benefits.
GOP leaders are insisting on spending cuts to offset the more than six billion dollar cost of extending jobless aid for three months. Aid for one-point-three million Americans expired on December 28th. In a Capitol news briefing, Boehner said the best way to reduce unemployment is to create jobs. He insisted the House has passed dozens of jobs bills that are sitting dormant in the Democratic-led Senate. Senate Dems have scoffed at that claim, saying the House Republican bills are primarily aimed at deregulation and boosting corporate tax breaks.
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House Speaker John Boehner says the Senate has been stalling job creation.