Recently the extended unemployment benefits law, which Republican President George W. Bush signed into law in 2008, expired. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted against allowing the bill to extend those benefits from coming to the Senate floor for a vote. Those benefits would have provided just $275 a week.
Long-term unemployment is a serious problem in Florida, and in America in general. There are several applicants for every job opening, job skills can erode over time and, in some cases, jobs for which an applicant is suitable are out of the local area. There was no reason for Republicans to vote the initial legislation down.
So, why has Rubio voted to keep this legislation off the Senate floor? I realize that the tea party is not in favor of unemployment benefits being extended. Is Rubio once again voting with his political base, rather than with the people of Florida?
Joseph P. Huber, Plantation