Coburn To 'Pull A Bunning'; Argue That Benefits Extension Be Paid For

Sen. Tom Coburn at a news conference, March 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla

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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., will be "leading the charge" in coming days when the Senate debates another 30-day extension of jobless benefits, Politico reports.

And it looks as if he will "pull a Bunning," it adds, by seeking to delay passage of the extension unless the Democratic leadership spells out a way to pay the $10 billion cost without adding the expense to future deficits.

Four weeks ago, it was retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., who spent the better part of a week delaying such legislation as he made the case that offsetting budget cuts needed to be found.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jamie Dupree writes that the:

"That last extension of jobless and COBRA health benefit aid for the unemployed runs out on April 5, the day after Easter. Congress isn't in session then, so lawmakers will have to approve a longer-term extension before leaving at the end of this week for their Easter break."

But Coburn tells Politico that he doesn't care if the Senate's vacation plans get scrambled:

"It's doesn't bother me at all," Coburn said. "We're here to work."



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