GOP wants extension of benefits without ‘gargantuan spending’

With the Democrats’ 60th vote to extend unemployment benefits set to be sworn in Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stressed Sunday that Republicans are “all for extending unemployment insurance” but not in favor of deficit spending.

“We recently passed a $13 trillion cumulative deficit threshold. When are we going to get serious about this?” McConnell said, accusing the Obama administration of going on a “gargantuan spending spree.”


On CNN’s “State of the Union,” the leader beat back comparisons of deficit spending in the George W. Bush administration.

“They’ve taken the deficit as a percentage of GDP from 3.2 percent to almost 10 percent in a year and a half,” McConnell said of the Obama administration.

“Somewhere in the course of spending a trillion dollars, we ought to be able to find enough to pay for a program for the unemployed,” he said.

“If we can’t pay for a program like extension of unemployment insurance that virtually every member of the Senate — I think, in fact, every member of the Senate wants to extend, then what are we going to pay for? When do we start?”