Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why Thirteen Month Extension of Unemployment Benefits?

One curious thing is the length of the extensions of unemployment benefits. Right now, extended benefits were awkwardly scheduled to expire on November 30, right before the Christmas Holiday. But with the new deal, it sounds as though the future benefits will expire next year at the end of December, after Christmas.

I wonder who proposed that the extension should be 13-months instead of just a year. If you think about it, it could be either side. Republicans who really would like to see the benefits expire in the future probably wouldn't want to be in a situation of causing that expiration right before Christmas. On the other hand, the current expiration right before Christmas probably put a lot of pressure on Obama as well.

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