Republicans almost unanimously oppose spending $33.9 billion for extended unemployment benefits for some 2.5 million people who’ve lost them, because they say it would increase federal budget deficits.
At the same time, they’re pushing a permanent extension of Bush administration tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, which could increase federal budget deficits by trillions of dollars over the next 10 years.
Additionally, they don’t want to do anything else to help reduce unemployment. Why? They don’t want to worsen the deficit. But extended the Bush tax cuts will cost an addition $600 billion.