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Five GOP senators put unemployment aid pressure where it belongs: On John Boehner

by Laura Clawson

The five Republican senators involved in working out the Senate's plan to extend emergency unemployment aid do not seem intimidated by House Speaker John Boehner's repeated trashing of the plan. For instance:

“There’s a lot of things that the speaker doesn’t like that we do over here,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “What we have out there is a fair proposal.”

“It’s a good compromise that takes care of people who are running out of their checks and does it in a way that is paid for appropriately,” said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

“There’s a concern out there about implementation, I understand that. But it’s been done before, and we’re eager to hear ideas as to how it could be implemented more effectively,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
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