make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Battle over unemployment benefits latest example of political polarization

READ MORE:

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.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.