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这个用来作为“破损的国家”的例子怎么样呢?没有时间,没有钱。如果你希望那个依靠失业救济来度日,最好想都别想。

Christine Romans在纽约参加我们的节目。

Christine,这并不是好消息。

CHRISTINE ROMANS,CNN记者:不,坦白的说,对于数百万人来说,这并不是好消息。

Kyra,正常地来说——在正常情况下,如果失业了,你可以申请失业保险,平均可以获得26周的失业救济。但是现在是经济衰退时期,非正常时期,时间延长,你最多可以获得99周的失业救济金。

这次联邦延长令,最近的延长今天将耗尽。周五,肯塔基州参议员Jim Bunning没有投票帮助通过再一次延长期。这实际上是延长失业救济金期限的一个路障。

也就是说,3月份将有120万人失去联邦那个失业救济金。到6月份将有500万人。这是全美就业法律项目组提供的数字。

Kyra,现在共有1150万人接受联邦救济,其中一些人已经申领了很多个月。人们平均每个月大约领到400美元,对于许多失业六个月以上的人来说,他们就是靠这笔钱来养家糊口。

所以,对于那些希望救济金期限延长的许多人来说,这是非常艰难的时期。但是现在还没有通过延期法令。corporal医疗保险也是如此。你可能不知道,但是,纳税人,你和我都帮助失业者支付了费用。失业者65%的corporal医疗保险是由纳税人缴纳的。周五,这一项在参议院也遭遇阻挠。

现在还有一些微弱的希望。一些共和党人表示,可能会进行一些小的修订,一种接近期满的修补,但是长期来看,因为已经多次延期,他们希望进行讨论,应该怎样支付这笔费用。这并不是免费的。

我们应该怎样支付这笔钱呢?人们对此进行检查是非常重要的,他们想知道我们应该从哪里得到这笔钱,还是应该从其他地方挪用这笔钱。

这就是我们正在做的。似乎本周应该有所行动。当然,没有人会得到后备支票。对于那些不能再受到联邦支票的人来说,已经没有时间了。而这些人的总数高达数百万。

PHILLIPS:参议员Jim Bunning也投票反对这一点,让许多人非常愤怒。每个人都试图跟他谈话,但是我们还没有听到任何回应。所以,我们仍然在努力。

Christine Romans,非常感谢。

ROMANS:他是从财政的角度考虑。他说,如果延长失业救济时间,那么我们怎样支付?我们应该从什么地方获得这笔资金?但是其他共和党人则表示他们似乎准备好采取行动。

PHILLIPS:好的,谢谢Christine。

So how's this for an example of "Broken Government"? No more time, no more money. And if you're depending on unemployment benefits to get by, forget about it.


Christine Romans joining me now live from New York.


Not good news, Christine.


CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: No, it's not good news for, frankly, millions of people here.


Kyra, normally -- in normal times if you're out of work you can apply for an unemployment insurance and you get 26 weeks of unemployment benefits on average. But now because of so many extensions in this great recession, not normal times, you can get up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.


And this federal extension, the most recent federal extension, is slated to run out today. As of today. And on Friday, a lone senator, Jim Bunning from Kentucky, did not vote -- to help another extension go through. Actually a roadblock to that extension.


So you have 1.2 million people in March will lose their federal unemployment benefits extension. Five million by June. This is according to the National Employment Law Project.


There are 11.5 million people right now, Kyra, receiving unemployment benefits. Some of them for many, many months. On average there's some $400 and some a week that people are getting, and for many people who've been out of work for six months or more, this is how they are feeding their families.


So this is a pretty critical time for many people who are looking for those unemployment benefits to be extended. And they haven't yet. corporal health insurance, as well. There's -- you might not know this, but taxpayers, you and I are helping pay the premiums for people who are out of work. People who are out of work, 65 percent of their premiums for their corporal health insurance are paid by taxpayers. That also died on Friday in the Senate as well.


Now here's a little bit of glimmer of hope here. Some of the Republicans are signaling and suggesting that they may be open to a patch, some kind of a near-term fix, but the longer term, since we've had so many extensions already, they want to have a big discussion, Kyra, about how we're going to pay for this. It doesn't come for free.


How are we going to pay for it? If it's so important to keep people getting these checks, then they want to know where we're going to get the money and are we going to take the money from someplace else.


So that's where we stand here right now. Looks like there could be some movement on this this week. Of course, no one's going to get backup checks for that. This is sort of lost time for those people who will not be able to get a federal check. So this is literally millions of people -- Kyra.


PHILLIPS: Well, and the Senator Jim Bunning is the one right there that's voting against it, has a lot of people angry, and everyone is trying to talk to him and we haven't heard a peep yet. So we're still working that.


Christine Romans, thanks.


ROMANS: And he's taking a fiscal stance, you know. He's saying if it's so important, tell me how are we going to pay for it. What are we going to take from someplace else to pay for it? But other Republicans are signaling that they might be ready to move forward -- Kyra.


PHILLIPS: All right. Thanks, Christine.

 


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