Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 | 2:02 a.m.
It was great to see that the Senate has taken a common-sense path to restore unemployment benefits to 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans. It was also good to see that six Republican senators voted for it for good of their constituents rather than blindly following their political dogma.
It is hard to think about the history of this great country when it comes to helping people in need in light of the current stance taken by the Republican Party. We have always reached out to people in need to help them through hard times, to feed them when they are hungry and to help them to recover from any number of disasters.
We need to return to the days of thinking about our village rather than only ourselves.
If the only way the House of Representatives will approve the extension of long-term unemployment benefits is with offsets, then let’s look at places to find that money. The cost of extending these benefits is $6 billion. It is hard to image that we can’t find that amount in a defense budget of $550 billion.