U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday attacked Republicans who support what he called tax cuts for the wealthy while failing to support extended unemployment benefits for those struggling to find jobs.
During a conference call with Ohio reporters on the day the existing extended jobless benefits expired, Brown said he is determined to have Congress remain at work through the holidays if needed to get an extension passed during the legislators' lame duck session.
"I spoke with the majority leader last night and said that we should stay here through Christmas Day into the new year and continue to work to pass this," Brown said. He added that if those blocking the benefits extension can ruin the holiday season for those losing benefits, then they, too, can give up their own holidays to work through the issue.
Offering up a "Bah, humbug" to those refusing to approve an extension, Brown reminded those on the call that those claiming unemployment and their former employers have paid their dues into the unemployment insurance system.
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