ReBunninging Apparently Set as a Coburning

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 9:52 am

I mentioned yesterday that we were about to get a sequel of the obstruction of a short-term unemployment insurance/COBRA measure to extend safety net benefits to the jobless. Last time, when Jim Bunning tried this, it failed miserably and led to Democratic anger over Senate procedure. So of course, they’re going to try it again. [...]

Bunning II: The Rebunninging?

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 9:26 am

I noted this on Monday, that Senate Democrats would need to tee up another short-term extension of a variety of expiring provisions, including unemployment and COBRA benefits, before leaving for the March 26 recess. Walter Alarkon at The Hill picks it up: Congress’s last extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA health insurance subsidies for the [...]

Dems To Try Another Short-Term Extension Of Unemployment: Will Bunning Stand In The Way Again?

By: Monday March 22, 2010 9:32 am

This week, the Senate will work mostly on passing the reconciliation sidecar. Then there is a scheduled two-week break. But on March 31, the one-month extension of unemployment benefits and the COBRA subsidy runs out. This was the measure that Jim Bunning stubbornly delayed past the expiration date last month, only to give up a [...]

Bunning Blockade Ends; Dems Could Use It As Reference During Reconciliation Fight

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 6:40 am

You may know by now that Jim Bunning dropped his hold on a short-term extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits in exchange for a vote on an amendment to pay for the fix. That amendment failed and the final measure passed 78-19, which is pretty astonishing (that it was that close). While some commentators actually [...]

Bunning Pulls A Shelby, Places Holds on Every Obama Nominee UPDATE: Deal Imminent

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 3:18 pm

Multiple sources report that Jim Bunning, who has been withholding consent to pass a short-term extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits, has now informed Harry Reid’s office that he will place holds on all Presidential nominees, presumably to call attention to his crusade to deny Americans needed benefits. What’s fascinating about this is how it’s [...]

All-Night “Make Them Filibuster” In Store For Bunning?

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 2:36 pm

Democrats may stage an all-night session to get Jim Bunning to relinquish his hold on a short-term extension of unemployment benefits, even while a $150 billion dollar bill that could extend those benefits until the end of the year (and do a lot more) could get prepped for debate as soon as tomorrow. Roll Call [...]

Republican Leadership Staggered By Force Of Bunning Opposition

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 12:21 pm

Republicans basically don’t like Jim Bunning to begin with. Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate, dried up Bunning’s funding in Kentucky so he would have to resign rather than face an uncertain re-election campaign. So it’s amusing to see McConnell have to dodge questions about Bunning’s crusade against the unemployed. “We’re going to [...]

Fury at Bunning as Dems Ready Broad UI Extension Bill

By: Monday March 1, 2010 4:43 pm

Jim Bunning’s one-man filibuster of a temporary extension of unemployment benefits (which actually may not have been a one-man filibuster at all) has drawn fire from Congressional Democrats today, even while leaders today introduced a broader measure, including a one-year extension of UI and the COBRA subsidy, along with dozens of other tax extenders and [...]

Merkley, Stabenow Explain Why Bunning Succeeded In Blocking UI/COBRA Benefits

By: Saturday February 27, 2010 8:34 am

Jim Bunning got away with blocking an extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA on Thursday night because “coordinated support materialized” among Republicans to help Bunning in his cause, Sen. Jeff Merkley explained in a conference call this morning. Merkley (D-OR), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) participated in the call, about the urgent need [...]

Bunning Roadblocks Unemployment Benefits And COBRA Extension

By: Friday February 26, 2010 6:47 am

For those who have always wanted to “make ‘em filibuster,” you actually saw a variant of it last night, if you were paying attention. Jim Bunning, the slightly kooky retiring Senator from Kentucky, refused unanimous consent to move to a bill extending unemployment benefits and the COBRA subsidy for 30 days, basically ensuring that millions [...]

VIDEO: Bunning To Hold Bernanke, “Other Republicans” Will Join Him

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 11:20 am

In an exclusive video obtained by FDL News, Sen. Jim Bunning tells Mike Stark of Stark Reports that he will indeed place a hold on the nomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term for the Federal Reserve, as expected after his blasting of Bernanke earlier today. Here’s the transcript: MIKE STARK: Will you be [...]

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