Score One for Jim Bunning

Solo filibuster works: Senate Dems adjourn without extending jobless benefits
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 9:35 PM CST

Republican Jim Bunning’s one-man filibuster, intended to force Democrats to account for the money that would extend by 30 days unemployment benefits for 1.2 million, looks to have worked, with the Senate adjourning for the weekend without passing the extension. Jobless and COBRA payments thus expire Sunday, Chris Bowers notes, marking the Kentuckian as “the biggest asshole in the country right now.”

But, Bowers adds on Open Left, Senate Democrats are pretty high on that list, too. They “are in charge, and they are going to get blamed for this.” He concludes, “If you think that procedure is a problem, then start working to change the procedure. If you think that unemployment benefits need to be extended, then don’t adjourn for the weekend when those benefits are slated to run out.”
(Read more Jim Bunning stories.)

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