But as the controversy grinded on, some Republicans have begun to question whether it makes sense to pay unemployment benefits for nearly two years. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., wondered if unemployment benefits provide "a disincentive" to finding work. A Wall Street Journal editorial pointed to studies that found that longer benefit periods mean that recipients stay on unemployment longer.
So the least D.C. Democrats could do is pass an extension bill that doesn't add to the deficit.
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