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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Republicans Link Unemployment Benefits to Budget Resolution

GOP blames employment commission for playing politics; Perdue cries foul

RALEIGH (By Anthony Greco, Carolina Journal Online) –
Senate Democrats forced the scheduling of a final vote today on a bill ensuring that roughly 37,000 North Carolinians will receive unemployment insurance benefits without interruption. Republican leaders coupled legislation extending unemployment benefits with what they call insurance against a potential veto by Gov. Bev Perdue of the budget being written in the House.

Wednesday, the Senate stripped House Bill 383 of its original language and inserted the two provisions. The first deals with the unemployment benefits; the second would direct Perdue to continue the current fiscal year’s budget — with spending limited to 87 percent of current levels — into the next fiscal year if a budget is not approved by the July 1 deadline. State government would continue to operate at the reduced spending level until the budget becomes law.

Perdue and other Democratic leaders say the Republicans’ tactics play political games with people depending on unemployment benefits. Republicans counter that by failing to notify legislative leaders that the benefits were about to expire, the state Employment Security Commission was guilty of playing politics.

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