- - Thursday, November 18, 2010


Unemployment extension fails

Millions of jobless Americans could see unemployment benefits run out in coming weeks after an effort to extend them failed in the House on Thursday.

The House could take up the measure again, but Congress has little time to act before the benefits expire on Nov. 30. Lawmakers are expected to leave Washington next week during the Thanksgiving holiday, and the Senate has not scheduled a vote.

The jobless rate has been stuck around 9.6 percent as the nation struggles to emerge from the financial crisis and its worst recession since the 1930s. Economists expect unemployment to remain high for years to come.

Congress has let jobless benefits lapse twice already this year as Republicans insist that the cost - $160 billion in the last fiscal year - be offset by cuts elsewhere to prevent the nation’s $14 trillion debt from growing further.

“We all want to help those in need. But the American people know that someone has to pay when the government spends money, and it shouldn’t be our children and grandchildren,” said Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., Louisiana Republican.


Texas governor named chairman

SAN DIEGO | Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking over as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Mr. Perry last held the job in the 2008 cycle. The new vice chairman is Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who was elected in November 2009.

GOP rising stars round out the new leadership team. It includes Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, incoming New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Outgoing RGA Chairman Haley Barbour, Mississippi’s governor, will take on the newly created role of policy chairman.

Republican governors are meeting in San Diego.


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