Government
2:22 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Sen. Fischer opposed to funding mechanism for unemployment insurance measure

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska says she’s opposed to advancing a bill that would extend unemployment insurance benefits for three months.

The Senate is currently debating that measure. Fischer says she’s opposed to how the legislation would be paid for.

"Instead of paying for the cost with spending cuts, the legislation simply adds six point five billion dollars to the deficit. I don’t believe more deficit spending, regardless of the purpose, is the way to turn this economy around. I’m also concerned that the proposal doesn’t offer any reforms to actually create jobs for the 21 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed."

Fischer says she believes policies are needed that help businesses create jobs. Her comments came Wednesday during Senator Fischer’s weekly conference call with Nebraska media.