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Battle over unemployment benefits latest example of political polarization


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) is pushing to get federal unemployment benefits back in North Carolina. They ended in July after a change in state law to pay off billions of dollars the state borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment.

It has become another partisan battle in the Tar Heel State, and in Washington, renewing unemployment benefits is stuck in negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

A day after Rep. Mike McIntyre's retirement announcement, we asked Hagan how leaders can compromise with so many members of Congress in the middle of the political spectrum leaving office.

"I think we need to look at the citizens of North Carolina to say, you know, 'We want people who are willing to get together,' and let's get behind those individuals and speak up on their behalf," Hagan said.

Senate Democrats want to extend the benefits at least three months if not all year.

Meanwhile Republicans want other cuts to offset the estimated $26 billion price tag.

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