Unemployment Benefits Extension Debate

By Michael Gossum | 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBKO) -- It's one of the hottest debates in Washington right now.

Federal lawmakers have been discussing for awhile now, whether to extend unemployment benefits to about two-million Americans.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky says his party has good ideas and wants to file some amendments to the legislation...

While one of McConnell's main challengers is calling on him to vote to extend the benefits.

"Look: The American people want us to focus on their concerns, not political show votes concocted by a few political strategists over at the Democrats' campaign committee. And as I indicated, jobs are right up there at the top of that list," said McConnell.

"I've called repeatedly on Sen. McConnell to do the same thing. It is a vital program that letting it expire, hurts hundreds of thousands of out of work veterans, including thousands right here in Kentucky," said Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

If it does pass the senate, the house is expected to not agree with it.

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