But at least one Republican who Democrats need onboard to get the extension to President Obama’s desk was unfazed by his week with constituents.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said before leaving Washington that he was still waiting for a plan from the president that offsets the cost and includes job creation. His position has not changed, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner said Friday.
“I told the president, now a month-and-a-half ago, that if they had a plan to extend emergency unemployment benefits, I’d consider it, as long it was paid for and if there were provisions we could agree to that would help expand the economy and create more jobs,” Mr. Boehner told reporters Jan. 16.
Rep. Ron Kind, Wisconsin Democrat, said he’s willing to work with Mr. Boehner to find offsets for a short-term extension. He visited job centers during the weeklong break and spoke with many constituents looking for work. One young man Mr. Kind spoke with is attending technical school, but isn’t sure he’ll be able to keep paying for school without the benefits, even though he knows there’d be a good job in a high-demand field waiting for him if he’s able to finish the program.
“As soon as we get back, conversations will continue,” Mr. Kind told The Washington Times on Friday. “I’m hoping more of my colleagues have been doing what I have been this past week, reaching out to job centers, speaking to the staff and meeting with individuals being impacted right now.”