RIPR News
5:46 am
Wed July 7, 2010

RI senator pushes for extension of unemployment benefits

Providence, R.I. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he's very frustrated with Congress's inability to get an unemployment insurance extension passed.

During a visit to a jobs training program in Woonsocket, Whitehouse expressed frustration with Congressional stalling on an extension to the unemployment insurance program.

"It's beyond frustrating at this point," he said. "The work isn't out there so the theory that Ya know, if you just cut off people's unemployment insurance they'll quit goofing off and go out and find jobs'-- it just isn't so, not in states like Rhode Island."

Whitehouse acknowledged the logjam will probably be broken after the July Fourth recess when a replacement is named for the late Senator Robert Byrd. That person - almost certainly a Democrat - will probably provide the 60th vote needed for a filibuster proof majority.