NC Senate squares off over jobless benefits

Posted April 26, 2011

More than 37,000 North Carolinians left without federal jobless benefits were no doubt happy to hear Sen. Tom Apodaca say Senate Republicans would seek an end to the political impasse that has stalled their checks.

Apodaca told the Asheville Citizen-Times last weekend the Senate would work on a non-political compromise to fix the formula and restore benefits this week.  "You’ll see the nobler path come,” he pledged. 

Today, Senate Leader Phil Berger bluntly denied that any such attempt was underway.

“We have no plans to move either a different bill or another vehicle” to restore the benefits, Berger said. “We’ve passed the bill. The governor vetoed it. Our position remains the same.” He added that House Democrats could still join the GOP to override Perdue’s veto.

Meantime, Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt said the Senate’s Democratic caucus will hold a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to highlight the plight of the jobless people left in limbo by the political games in Raleigh.

Nesbitt says the impasse between Perdue and GOP lawmakers is costing the state about $11 million a week in federal benefits. He says there’s a bipartisan bill waiting in committee that could make the changes needed to restore the benefits in one day.

“In the middle of all the point-scoring over here, these people have been lost. We need to bring them back front and center,” Nesbitt said. “This just plain and simple should not be a part of our political contest.”   @NCCapitol Nesbitt: 37,000 jobless "have been lost"

Watch Nesbitt’s press conference below.


This blog post is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • garydenny1965 Apr 28, 2011

    This a sad state of affair in Raleigh. These people who put in office, to look after the best intrest for the people of this state. It seems that they, dont care about the 37,000 people and their families. If they dont put all this "Bull" aside and do the right thing for these people, well all I can say is that this will not be forgotten, and 2012 could be a sad year for these Representives, and rightly so. These people should be a shamed of themselves...

  • 1 awesome Dad Apr 27, 2011

    I dont care how callous folks are to the unemployed it is unethical for a politician to hold its citizens out as a carrot in order to get their agenada passed. They were elected by the people for the people not to have the power to use the people.

  • 6079 SMITH W Apr 26, 2011

    You are THICK. STOP SPINNING.....NOW ;)

  • Alex25 Apr 26, 2011

    Broke...broke broke broke...what part of BROKE do people NOT get.....????