Republican Senator Jim Bunning’s Impasse Puts 2000 Federal Employees Out Of Work Today

AP~Two thousand federal transportation workers were furloughed without pay on Monday, and the Obama administration said they have a Kentucky senator to blame for it.

Federal reimbursements to states for highway programs will also be halted, the Transportation Department said in a statement late Sunday. The reimbursements amount to about $190 million a day, according to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The furloughs and freeze on payments were the result of a decision last week by Republican Sen. Jim Bunning to block passage of legislation that would have extended federal highway and transit programs, the department said. Those programs expired at midnight Sunday.

The extension of transportation programs was part of a larger package of government programs that also expired Sunday, including unemployment benefits for about 400,000 Americans.

Bunning objected to the $10 billion measure, saying it would add to the budget deficit. He didn’t respond to a request Monday for comment.

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3 responses to “Republican Senator Jim Bunning’s Impasse Puts 2000 Federal Employees Out Of Work Today

  1. spirit_55Z

    SMGDH@ this nonsense. I’m wondering if the citizens of the great state of Kentucky who are out of work will pull the leaver for this numbskull come election day. Just asking, because the very folks who scream and yell about big government and voted for this nitwit, will vote against their own best interest rather than vote out his ass and elect an Independent or Democrat.

  2. spirit_55z

    So this asshole is basically a GOP tool to further their obstructionist agenda. Where are the citizens; why aren’t they marching on the governor’s mansion?

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