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Amazing new GOP hypocrisy on the unemployed

(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch.)

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.

6 Comments


  1. Rob Schofield

    May 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    It’s clear who the “aggrieved” people really are when it comes to unemployment in North Carolina – it’s the 37,000 innocent hostage-families. The GOP bill needs to be amended to give each of the 37,000 the right to sue the members of the General Assembly.

  2. UCubed

    May 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    this is sad

  3. Alida Hartley

    May 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    what does that mean when you say it might help a few people get their benefits? Who would get them if not everyone that is waiting for them to be reinstated.

  4. Lisa

    May 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Isn’t there something the Governor can do without the legislature on this issue – there must be a loophole or something that would allow her to take action without them – we need some creative legal thinking!

  5. Jerry

    May 9, 2011 at 1:19 am

    It’s hard to find work out here… I was in management before I became unemployed and now I can’t even get hired as a WAITER! I have twin sons and already been evicted in these weeks their holding us hostage. This is just a situation that I wouldn’t of dreamed of.

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