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Michigan congressman calls for approval of extended unemployment benefits


WASHINGTON (WKZO) -- The big issue in Washington this week is unemployment benefits. Democrats want extended unemployment benefits continued, or over a million Americans who lost their only source of income last month when the benefits expired will be in big trouble. However, some Republicans have insisted that spending cuts also come along with such an extension.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat, says that this issue should not be a partisan matter. He tells us that extended benefits were first approved by former President George W. Bush, a Republican, and that he thinks unemployment insurance isn't something that should be about political posturing. He added that a majority of Republcians in the House support approving the extended benefits, and it's just a handful of them holding up progress on the issue.

Republicans say that continuing the extended benefits would only add to the nation's out of control debt. Some insist that cuts equal to the cost of the unemployment be made at the same time.