NC GOP once again turns cold shoulder to unemployed

And the lack of concern is disheartening:

The latest bipartisan congressional effort to restore several months of federal unemployment insurance benefits received a cool reception Wednesday from a state legislative oversight committee. U.S. Senate Bill 2149 would provide five months of federal UI benefits, retroactive to Jan. 1, to more than 2 million eligible claimants nationwide. That would include more than 170,000 North Carolinians. States would not be required to pay back the 100 percent federally funded benefits.

Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, said they would not support North Carolina trying to become eligible for the retroactive benefits. Howard said much of her opposition is the “logistical nightmare” cited by Avrette. She also the North Carolina economy hasn’t “fallen off a cliff” since North Carolina became disqualified from receiving the federal extended benefits.

If you've quite finished your navel-gazing, maybe you should talk to some of those families who did fall off the cliff when their benefits were abruptly cut off. There's a hell of a lot more to this story than just paying off the debt early, and refusing this money that won't cost the state a dime except in administrative functions is unnecessarily cruel.

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Pathetic

Once again preparing to turn down already-funded benefits that would help the people of our state just to make a political statement about how much they hate, hate, hate anything that has a hint of compassion.

Bob Rucho, endorsed by SEANC!

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Pathological

They can't admit the funding would help people, because that would be admitting their policies had hurt people in the first place. It's that kind of two-dimensional mindless governing that will keep us on the bottom end of the economic recovery curve.