Michigan Unemployed to Sen. Bunning: You’re ‘Hurting People’
February 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Angry and afraid unemployed residents of Michigan, a state devastated by double-digit unemployment, flocked to a meeting held by Congressman Gary Peters (D), after he received hundreds of calls from constituents, concerned about the expiration of their unemployment benefits. Sen. Bunning (R-KY) waged a bizarre and spiteful one-man filibuster of the extension of benefits, demanding that jobless benefits be paid from stimilus funds or else. When Democratic Senators demanded that Bunning stand down, because his antics would hurt millions of people, Bunning responded, “tough shit.” On Saturday, a desperate Michigan woman pleaded with Bunning to “do something” and said, “He’s hurting people all over the country.”
“I’m going to object every time, said Bunning Thursday night in a battle that lasted until Midnight.“I’ll be here as long as you’re here,” he declared as his Democratic colleagues read off the alarming unemployment statistics of his home state of Kentucky. And then the 78-year-old Bunning took to the floor complaining that Democrats ambushed him and lamented that he had missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game, while he was depriving millions of people unemployment checks that pay for food and rent.
Because of a lone Republican Senator, unemployment insurance and COBRA health insurance benefits are set to expire Sunday for thousands of Michigan residents and millions of people across the country. Also expiring on Sunday are: extensions of flood insurance, highway funding, small business loans and the compulsory copyright license used by satellite TV providers.
Most likely, when the Senate takes up the extension vote again on Tuesday, Bunning will either stand down or Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) will file a cloture motion, which means 30 hours of debate to overcome Bunning’s filibuster. Either way, eventually, the package to extend unemployment benefits will pass through the senate, with minor disruption of services.
But people dependent on unemployment checks and COBRA for their healthcare are rightfully outraged at Bunning’s actions and afraid of the future.
Rep. Peters urged his constituents to call Senator Bunnings’s office to complain.
His number is 202-224-4343. The fax number is 202-228-1373. And Americans can email Bunning here.
Outraged Americans can also write Senator Bunning at:
316 Hart Senate Office Building,
Watch an unemployed Michigan woman telling Sen. Bunning he is hurting people: