Rand Paul: Extending unemployment insurance a “disservice” to workers
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul expressed his opposition to a further extension of the nation's long-term unemployment insurance, saying that such an extension would be "a disservice to these workers."
"I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for," Paul said. "If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers. When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you're causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy."
As the Huffington Post notes, Paul's suggesting that the 1.3 million people currently on federal unemployment benefits have their federal aid end at the end of December, when the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is scheduled to run out.