The Chicago Tribune, 2 March 2010
Publié le :
3 mars 2010
(AP) The Senate on Tuesday passed a $10 billion measure to maintain unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and provide stopgap funding for highway programs after a holdout Republican dropped stalling tactics that had generated a Washington firestorm.
Republican Jim Bunning
had been holding up action for days but conceded after pressure intensified with Monday's cutoff of road funding and extended unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless.
"Bunning wanted to force Democrats
to find ways to finance the bill so that it wouldn't add to the deficit, but his move sparked a political tempest that subjected Republicans
to withering media coverage and cost the party politically. Bunning's support among Republicans was dwindling, while Democrats used to being on the defensive over health care and the deficit seemed to relish a battle that could reinforce their argument that Republicans are bent on obstruction of President Barack Obama's
agenda at any cost."