Rep. Andy Harris Against Straight Jobless Benefits Extension

Jan 9, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)
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Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris says he is against extending emergency unemployment insurance without a job creation plan.

Congressman Harris told the Capital News Service that he would favor a project like the Keystone pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada and the northern U.S. to Texas.     

Meanwhile, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen is pushing for an extension of jobless benefits and paying for them with cuts in agriculture subsidies.

The long term unemployment benefits ran out in late December affecting around 23-thousand Marylanders.

The three month $6.5 billion extension would provide around $300 a week in benefits.

Maryland Congressman John Delaney says around 28 Marylanders would lose their benefits in the first six months of the year.