Boehner Raises the Price of UI Extension to the Skies

I noted earlier today the Mitch McConnell seemed to be switching from a budget offset demand to “kill Obamacare” as the price for supporting a three-month UI extension. Well, now that MtConnell got outgunned in the Senate, it appears John Boehner’s demanding pretty much everything he can think of:

One month ago I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work. To date, the president has offered no such plan.

And what are those items that would “help put people back to work?” Here’s what Boehner seems to have in mind (with some helpful translations inserted):

Dozens of bills are awaiting action in the Senate that would provide job skills training for the unemployed [tax credits], ease job-destroying burdens on small businesses [kill environmental, job-safety and labor regulations], promote innovation and education [school vouchers], create energy and infrastructure jobs [drill, baby drill!], and get rid of the president’s health care law that is making it harder to hire workers in this country. To help Americans find new jobs, the president should call on the Senate to act on them.

So Boehner’s actually demanding budget offsets, the repeal of Obamacare, and presumably big chunks of the rest of the GOP agenda. In a word: “Surrender, or the unemployed get it!”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.