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Monday, July 25, 2011

 11:15 AM 

Senate to convene Aug. 1 on unemployment extension

The Senate will convene Aug. 1 to take up the Assembly version of legislation that would use federal funds to extend unemployment benefits an additional 13 weeks.

A spokesman for Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said Senate Republicans will vote to concur with Assembly bill, which maintains a one-week delay before unemployed workers can begin collecting benefits.

The Senate last week accepted a Dem amendment to end that delay, which was inserted into the budget. But the Assembly kept the delay in its version of the legislation.

"If the Democrats hadn’t played their political games, the bill would have passed both houses and been sent to the governor last Wednesday, so to hear them criticize their own delay is the height of hypocrisy," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "Frankly, it was shameful to see such transparent partisanship on such a bipartisan issue."


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