Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says - CSMonitor.com Senate Republicans pledge not to take up any issues, including extending unemployment benefits, until the Bush tax cuts and federal spending bills are sorted out. Unemployment benefits extended in tax-cut deal MinnPost - Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says Unemployment benefits extension avoids holiday cutoff for 2 million Americans, says White House, which agreed to extend Bush-era tax cuts for everyone, including the rich. The inaction means the imminent loss of unemployment compensation for some 800,000 out-of-work Americans, with nearly 2 million long-term unemployed expected to be affected by Jan. 1, according to the Labor Department. US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, speaking Wednesday at a press conference organized by Democratic congressional leaders, said that by next spring, another 6 million unemployed workers will lose benefits if Congress does not act. Millions of families are going to struggle to put food on the table or put gas in the gas tank, she said. U.S. Senate Extends Bush Tax Cuts | Sunshine State News Besides extending the Bush tax cuts, the deal passed by the Senate -- which was backed by the White House and Republican leadership -- extends unemployment benefit funds to the states for another 13 months. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl has raised eyebrows by insisting that emergency aid to unemployed people -- what he called a "necessary evil" It's Unanimous! GOP Says No To Unemployment Benefits, Yes To Tax Cuts For The Rich To be sure, a few moderate Republicans have supported the idea of extending unemployment benefits without paying for them. But, as Kyl implied, they are the distinct minority. ------------------------------------------------------------- I've pointed out that Republicans held millions of American hostage by theatening their unempoloyment benefits unless the rich get their tax cuts. These right wingers have been calling me a liar. GO ahead. Prove what happened a few months ago didn't. And please, run on the idea that helping unemployed Americans (who, according to Republicans, could be under cover drug addicts) is nasty socialism. Use that in your campaign. How would you phrase it? al Qaeda uses "death to America". What should Republicans use? Because if Americans helping Americans is a "bad thing", then why are we defending America? When Americans stop helping Americans, then America ceases to be. Is that really the Republican goal?