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Republicans versus Republicans over unemployment benefits

Date: March 1, 2011
By: Andrew Weil
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 163

Intro: 
A Missouri Senate Republican filibuster delayed a vote on extending unemployment benefits for Missourians.
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Wrap: The plan would give the State an extra $81 million in federal funds for unemployed Missourians.

This money would add up to 20 more weeks of unemployment benefits.

Republican Senator Brian Nieves participated in the filibuster, saying it doesn't matter where the money goes if Missouri doesn't accept it.

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Description: "People always wonder what's going to happen with this money if we don't take it and the bottom line is it doesn't matter; because if it's not right for us to take it then it's not right for us to take it."

Other GOP Senators say they are concerned about out of control federal spending.

But Republicans and Democrats say if Missouri turns down the money it will instead be given to other states.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
Senate filibuster delays a vote on extending unemployment benefits
RunTime:  0:42
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The plan would give the State an extra $81 million in federal funds.

This money would add up to 20 more weeks of unemployment benefits for Missourians.

St. Louis County Republican Senator Jim Lembke is trying to stop the plan, saying people in his district don't want it.  

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Description: "These are hard-working decent people that play by the rules, you know, go to work get up and go to work, support their family, pay their taxes, you know, and aren't really looking for handouts from the government."

Lembke's filibuster divided Republicans.

Other GOP Senators say unemployment benefits are essential because Missourians spend the money locally.

The Senate must vote by Thursday for the State to get the federal funds.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.

Intro: 
A Missouri Senate Republican filibuster delayed a vote on extending unemployment benefits for Missourians.
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The plan would give Missouri an extra $81 million in federal funds for unemployed Missourians.

This money would change the maximum length of unemployment benefits from 79 to 99 weeks.

St. Louis County Republican Senator Jim Lembke filibustered, saying more time on unemployment leads to fewer applicants for jobs.  

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Run Time:  00:08
Description: "We've got people saying we have jobs but if you extend that the people that generally work in our industry will not come back to work."

Other GOP Senators say they are concerned about out of control federal spending.

But some Republicans and Democrats say the money is essential because it helps unemployed Missourians pay their bills.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Andrew Weil.


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