Legislative Watch

Amazing new GOP hypocrisy on the unemployed

It’s bad enough that legislative Republicans have been holding 37,000 families hostage for three weeks by refusing to authorize the continuance of federally-funded unemployment benefits to which they are entitled; now the GOP has the gall to schedule debate on another bill that purports to deal with the problem of unemployed workers who are ”aggrieved” because the state Employment Security Commission has failed to pay them unemployment benefits to which they are entitled!

The bill, House Bill 597, has been scheduled for a hearing next Wednesday May 11 in the House Judiciary A Subcommittee.

Got that? The GOP can’t be bothered to pass a bill that could sail through both houses in mere hours to allow 37,000 truly aggrieved workers to get the money they are owed and NOW they’re taking the time to schedule a hearing on a bill that might help a few people who’ve seen their benefits held up because of a bureaucratic snafu.

There is a truly amazing lack of shame in the halls of power on Jones Street.