It's not just old cranky Republican guys with an axe to grind. Now it's Blue Dog Democrat assholes, first-term-ers with something to prove, and a bipartisan collection of disconnected-from-reality Senators who truly don't seem to give a fuck.
Deficit Eclipses Jobs In Congress: 'Nickel-And-Diming The Most Fragile People'
Late on Thursday evening, Democrats were arguing on the House floor over the size of a jobs bill that was two days overdue for a vote when word started to filter through the chamber that the Senate had adjourned and was leaving for the Memorial Day break. With no Senate, there could be no bill.
"People were astounded. I mean stunned," said freshman Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). "We're in the midst of this debate and trying to find a path to doing the right thing and they went out on recess? Without addressing these issues? Some of which have deadlines? I mean, there are going to be unemployed Americans who will not have their unemployment extended."
On June 1, several programs, including extended unemployment benefits, will expire. By the end of the week, 19,400 people will prematurely stop receiving checks, according to data from the Department of Labor.