Obstructionists

The Cost of Bunning's Filibuster

Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning’s decision to block a Senate vote to extend unemployment benefits is expected to cost 400,000 jobless people their lifeline—including 4,300 people in Bunning’s own state. Still, Kentucky has it relatively well. New York is expected to suffer the most—with 54,300 people set to lose their benefits. Florida and Georgia have 49,600 and 41,000 people affected, respectively. Illinois has 28,200 and Texas has 27,400. On Tuesday, Bunning rejected a request by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to pass the 30-day extension.