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让我们从肯塔基州参议员Jim Bunning开始。你可以告诉我们,他不会竞选连任吗?也对。正是这个人阻碍数百万人获得失业救济。

他说,这是关于财政责任的问题。其他人则表示,他选择了错误的时间和错误的问题来表明自己的观点。

肯塔基州参议员JIM BUNNING:如果我们不能找到100亿美元来支付我们都支持的项目,那么,在美国参议院,我们将不能支付任何项目。

多数派领袖HARRY REID,我们需要认识到,今天的美国到处都是绝望,贫穷的美国人。

受访女性:谢谢Bunning,我们正在寻找要没收的房产。

PHILLIPS:关于这个故事有很多方面。我们将逐一回顾一下。真的太多了。关于100亿美元的项目,参议员Bunning有没有比较好的想法呢?还是他的党派不支持他竞选连任之后他采取的焦土政策?

民主党不能自行工作吗?他在伤害共和党人吗?最重要的是,谁遭受了不公平的待遇?我们讨论的是需要失业救济勉强度日的人们。交通运输工人现在只能在长椅上下榻,因为联邦检查员现在在休假。但是还有其他项目也被搁置一旁,包括小企业贷款等问题。

当然,明天晚上参议员Bunning观看肯塔基队在佐治亚参加篮球比赛时,一切将得到澄清。他已经明确表示他喜欢他的肯塔基球队队员。

好的,让我们再回到这个问题。下面是CNN高级国会记者Dana Bash。

Dana Bash,CNN国会记者:这是为失业者,道路项目和其他项目提供的高大100亿美元的资金。但是肯塔基州参议员Jim Bunning却横加阻挠。他愤怒地拒绝回答具体原因。

……为了失业的人?

BUNNING:不好意思,我要下楼。

参议员先生,您能解释一下坚持这样做的原因吗?我相信你一定能够做出解释。

BUNNING:对不起。

你会不会为那些将要失去失业救济的人担心呢?

可能我们已经有答案了。

BASH:Bunning的举动产生了真正的世界性的影响。这里的建筑工人早上开始工作,重现建设华盛顿外的一座桥梁。但是时钟指向中午时,这项价值3600万美元的项目的工人却被告知停止工作,离开。这个建筑工地被封锁了。

let's start with Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky. Oh, boy, can you tell that he and his middle finger are not running for re-election? That's right. He is the one person standing between millions of jobless Americans and their money.

He says it's about fiscal responsibility, others say he picked the wrong time and the wrong issue to make his point.

SEN. JIM BUNNING (R), KENTUCKY: If we can't find $10 billion to pay for something that we all support, we will never pay for anything on the floor of this U.S. Senate.

SEN. HARRY REID (D), MAJORITY LEADER: What we need is to recognize that there are poor people all over America who are desperate today.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thanks, Bunning, we're looking it for foreclosure.

PHILLIPS: There are so many layers to this story. We are going to try and peel them all back. Stuff to think about. Does Senator Bunning have a good point about the $10 billion package, or is he just bitter carrying out a kind of scorched earth policy after his own party didn't back his re-election bid?

Can't Democrats just work around them? Is he hurting Republicans? And most importantly, who's getting the shaft? We're talking about people who need unemployment benefits to get by. Transportation workers, basically home on the couch because federal inspectors are now on furlough. But there are other projects are in limbo, too, including small business loans on hold.

Of course all this might be cleared up by tomorrow night in time for Senator Bunning to watch Kentucky play basketball in Georgia. He has made it clear that he loves his Cats.

All right, let's go back to some of those layers. Here's CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash.

DANA BASH, CNN SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's a package of $10 billion to extend funding for laid-off workers, road projects and more. But one senator, Kentucky's Jim Bunning, is blocking it. And he angrily refused to answer questions about why.

.... for people unemployed?

BUNNING: Excuse me. I've gotta go to the floor.

Senator, can you just explain to us why you're holding this up? I'm sure you have an explanation.

BUNNING: Excuse me!

Are you concerned about those that are going to lose their benefits?

Guess we have our answer.

OK.

BASH: Bunning's move is having a real world effect. Construction workers here started their morning on the job, rebuilding a bridge outside Washington. But as the clock ticked towards noon workers on this $36 million project were told to stop and leave. The site locked up.

 


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