Both Parties Call for Quick Action on Unemployment Benefits

Posted April 4, 2010 at 9:50am

Republicans and Democrats agreed Sunday that Congress must move quickly to extend unemployment benefits shortly after the spring recess.

“That absolutely has to get done,” Christina Romer, chairwoman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, said on “Meet the Press.”

Unemployment benefits are set to expire Monday. Senate Republicans and Democrats tried but failed to reach agreement shortly before the recess on a short-term extension of the benefits.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Republicans agreed that unemployment benefits should be extended.

However, Kyl added that the GOP would be highly skeptical of any proposals to stimulate the economy with additional spending.