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Club For Growth Pushes To Block Unemployment Benefits Extension

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"Congress should end the federal unemployment insurance program and return the authority back to the states, which already have programs in place," said Andy Roth, the Club's top congressional lobbyist. "Absent this, Congress should pay for this extension by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget. After six years, an extension can no longer be called an "emergency" with any credibility. There is plenty of waste in the federal budget from which to find an offset."

The legislation scheduled to come up for a procedural vote on Monday, requiring 60 senators to move forward, renews the emergency unemployment benefits program for three months. The bill doesn't specify an offset, although Democrats have proposed various ways to pay for it, from cutting agriculture subsidies to unwinding tax loopholes for corporations.

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