By Russell Berman - 03/25/14 12:01 PM EDT
A Senate proposal to extend long-term unemployment benefits is not “workable,” Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday in the latest indication that the plan stands little chance of passing the House.
The bipartisan Senate plan would extend jobless benefits through May and make them retroactive to late December, when they lapsed because Congress took no action.
He referenced a letter his office sent out from state unemployment directors voicing concern that the Senate proposal would be difficult to implement.
“The state directors are saying, ‘we don’t know who went back to work,’ ” Boehner said. “We don’t know who’s still out there. So we have to send checks to everybody. I don’t think taxpayers expect us to do that, so I don’t see how it’s workable.”
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