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Boehner, WH talk jobless benefits

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday he privately laid out conditions to the White House for extending unemployment benefits but that the administration hasn’t put forward a plan meeting his standards.

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President Obama and congressional Democrats have pushed for renewing long-term unemployment insurance that expires this month, but the provision was left out of a budget deal negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The House has no plans to act on jobless benefits before it recesses for the year on Friday.

“We’ve worked all year to help get our economy going again and help produce better jobs and more wages,” Boehner told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. “When the White House finally called me last Friday about extending unemployment benefits, I said we would clearly consider it, as long as it’s paid for and as long as there are other efforts to help get our economy moving once again. I have not seen a plan from the White House that meets those standards.”

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