House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday reiterated that he would consider an extension of longterm unemployment benefits, but only if the legislation included a plan to pay for the program and a provision that created jobs.
“One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work,” Boehner said in a statement.
“To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it, but right now the House is going to remain focused on growing the economy and giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job.”
On Tuesday morning the Senate voted to advance a longterm unemployment benefits extension.