John Boehner Rejects Unemployment Insurance Proposal
Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner has come under fire recently for trash talking the Senate’s bipartisan unemployment insurance proposal because he received a report from state officials saying that it was not feasible and was unworkable. He says that the bill would not meet the House’s standards of being financially responsible and it would not help to create jobs. His words have effectively killed any chances the bill has of passing in the House of Representatives and becoming law.
The part of the bill he is rejecting the most is the five-month, retroactive employment insurance extension that would be given to people who have lost their jobs. He claims that the report from state unemployment insurance directors dissuaded him from giving his full support to the bill. He even slams Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the process. He said that “There is no evidence that the bill being rammed through the Senate by [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] meets that test, and according to these state directors, the bill is also simply unworkable.” He also said a better use of the Senate’s time would be to pass “the dozens of House-passed jobs bills still awaiting action.”
But what Mr. Boehner does not realize is that he is a part of the problem here. The Democrats wanted to extend unemployment benefits for a year. The Republicans say no, and that a reform needs to be put in place where millionaires are no longer allowed to receive unemployment. Of course the Democrats say ok to this one. Then the GOP says that they want personalized assessments to be conducted on the people so they can see whether or not they are actively seeking employment. The Democrats of course agree again. The Republicans then say that a year is too long, and how about five months for unemployment benefits. The Democrats again concede to this because they want the bill to be passed.
This was all done in the Senate. But, when it gets to the House, Boehner says he won’t support extending unemployment insurance because states are saying it would be too cumbersome to enact. So the Democrats say well, let’s just pass a clean extension bill without all of the unnecessary reforms that the GOP has provided. And again he says no, because unemployment benefits need to be reformed.
And this my friends is exactly why we can’t get anything accomplished in government today. Mr. Boehner has constructed this Catch-22 where he claims to be a part of the solution when the Republican Party is getting its way, but when one minor flaw comes up, he jettisons the whole bill as if he has complete autonomy. Maybe he should talk to the millions who are jobless and without insurance before he goes rejecting bills that were made too difficult to enforce by the reforms his party had put into the bill. Mr. Boehner doesn’t seem to realize that he is a part of the political discourse that people are so tired of in this country. But, if he listened to the American people, he would have figured this out by now.