Boehner rejects Senate bill extending unemployment insurance

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A bipartisan Senate bill extending an expired unemployment insurance program will have no chance of passing at the House, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday.

The bill is simply unworkable, said Boehner of the bill reauthorizing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for five months and retroactively paying benefits that expired on Dec. 28. He based his opposition to the bill to concerns raised by the National Association of State Work Force Agencies (NASWFA) in a letter to him.

The NASWFA told the Speaker that the requirements of the Senate bill would “cause considerable delays in the implementation of the program and increased administrative issues and costs.”

Implementation could take one to three months due to obstacles such as aging computer systems, administrative cost of determining eligibility for the program, implementing the needed means testing to exclude wealthier recipients, and backlog of claims dating back to December, the group claimed.

Some states deem the program unfeasible and indicated it will not be implemented, according to the letter.

Boehner urged the Senate to take up House-passed jobs bills in lieu of the EUC bill. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to resolve the concerns instead of letting the legislation die in the House.

The concerns are resolvable and Boehner should find solutions, according to Reid’s spokesman Adam Jentleson.

An estimated two million Americans are affected by the expiration of the EUC.

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