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Harkin pushes to extend unemployment benefits

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- Unemployment benefits were the topic of discussion at a news conference in Washington, D.C. Wednesday after benefits for thousands started expiring.  

"My friends, I'm not here to be coy, I'm here to point the finger of responsibility and blame where it belongs, on the people of the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate," Senator Tom Harkin said.

Senator Harkin is working with others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on extending those benefits.  He's demanding that Republicans stop the filibuster and get this passed.

About 2,000 Iowans will start losing out on their benefits each week, unless it's extended.  Republicans say fiscal responsibility should come first and not unemployment benefits.

Senator Grassley responded to Harkin's finger pointing, saying that it's typical of the Democrats to blame the Republicans.  He also said that Republicans tried in June to save the unemployment benefits, but were unsuccessful because of Democrats.

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