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Boehner: Senate jobless aid plan not workable

A Senate proposal to extend long-term unemployment benefits is not “workable,” Speaker John Boehner (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.

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Boehner reiterated his long-standing demand that an extension of unemployment insurance be coupled with job-creation measures, a condition he said had “not been met.”
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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