GOP Stalls Jobless Bill in MO Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Republicans in the Missouri Senate continued to block legislation Wednesday that would allow the state receive federal money to extend some unemployment benefits.

The legislation must be approved this week for Missouri to receive funding to pay extended benefits to people out of work for more than 79 weeks.

Legislation passed last year to continue extended unemployment benefits expires on Thursday.

Senators considered the legislation Tuesday and again Wednesday but have not come to a vote.

Sens. Jim Lembke and Rob Schaaf, who are leading opposition to the bill, said they’re concerned that accepting the money would increase the federal debt.

Schaaf said Missouri should reject the funding to send a message that the federal government should spend less money.

Copyright Associated Press


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