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(Cross-posted from Legislative Watch).

Things have now sped past the point of absurdity in the GOP’s vengeful effort to block the renewal of unemployment benefits for 37,000 workers and their families.

Today, in an act of amazing irony, the House Judiciary A Subcommittee took up a bill that purports to be about improving the review process for people who are denied their unemployment insurance benefits.

Got that? These people are too busy to take up an unemployment bill that would actually do something useful, but do have time to take up an unemployment bill that’s mostly about getting in partisan jabs at the Employment Security Commission.

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Senate GOP Leader Phil Berger said at his weekly press conference this morning that he has no immediate plan for dealing with the 37,000 unemployed workers whose benefits were cut off on April 16.

“No movement on that, for now,” Berger said, in response to a reporter’s question.

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(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! Read More

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More conflicting signals today for the 37,000 long-term unemployed North Carolinians waiting to see if the state will approve an extension of benefits.

Over the weekend, Senator Tom Apodaca told the Asheville-Citizen Times both parties were to blame for not getting the legislation passed sooner, but he also promised a “nobler path come.”

At Tuesday’s weekly press conference, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger contradicted Apodaca, and said no new unemployment benefit bill would be forthcoming. Read More