News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Knight Foundation

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Portman and Brown come down on opposite sides of unemployment vote
Portman says Democrats backed off of pay-for provisions; Brown says it's a matter of justice
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio U.S. senators have once again come down on opposite sides of a key political issue: not just in their votes but in how they frame the issue.

WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown’s take on the failed attempt to extend unemployment benefits.

LISTEN: Brown and Portman on cloture vote

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:01)


All 53 Democratic senators as well as two independents and four Republicans voted to end the filibuster. But the three-month extension still needed one more vote to get to a vote, and it wasn’t getting it from Republican Rob Portman.

Portman said his first concern is that Democrats were backing away from a proposal to pay for  much of the $6.4 billion cost by keeping people from collecting both unemployment and certain disability payments. 

“This is something that I proposed and then Harry Reid took my proposal, reduced it somewhat narrowed it further but we supported what he came up with and somehow that’s been dropped from the pay-for, which I think is a mistake.

“Second, the pension smoothing does have concerns because we don’t want to put the taxpayers on the hook for pensions.” 

Democrat Sherrod Brown paints the extension as a matter of justice. 

“This is insurance, you pay into it when you’re working. And you get assistance, about $300 a week on the average when you’re laid off, but you have to be looking for work. We’ve done this bi-partisanly for years.”

Some Republicans maintain that extending the benefits will be a disincentive for people to look for jobs. 

Listener Comments:

Rob Portman: I would like you to live a working mans life.And get laidoff and know what its like. You could not live one week in the shoes of the working mans life.I did not ask to be laidoff.I was very happly to work 40 hours a week.Thanks to you my home of 14 years is going to be forclosed.Just needed a litte more time to find work.Thank you.


Posted by: william (usa) on February 7, 2014 2:02AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio politicians rally against Planned Parenthood
The baby cries out....I am a person too! ... at least do not sell my heart. In an abortion there are three parties involved...the mother, the father and the ch...

Ohio lawmakers propose grants for home construction for disabled people
We have been trying to have a "Visitability Bill" passed for years. Thanks, Greg

Lake County crimes may give Trump immigration fodder
Shoddy reporting at best. "Mixed views" The question that came to my mind was, "How many people did he have to interview to get "mixed views". Do the two peo...

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announces plans to improve Medicare by lowering prescription costs for seniors
Sounds good. I'm living in Florida to escape the snow. So far it's working. I retired from GM in 2000. Keep pushing for all the working people. In the long run ...

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existence
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
We are fans of Gov. Kasich since he served in the House of Representatives. It pleases us to finally see him as the potential President of the United States. We...

Cleveland hosts the first national Movement for Black Lives conference
What a wonderful experience this was, So much love and understanding, without all of the other distractions that tend to come with organizing for change, this e...

Air Force unit gets training and Youngstown gets rid of some eyesores
Do they have to totally destroy all the beautiful oak and leaded windows, which I am thinking are probably there? Do they just have to destroy them like that? C...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University