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Latest Coburn Political Stunt Hurts Unemployed | Blue Oklahoma
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's latest political stunt will hurt unemployed Oklahomans and Americans. Coburn has become the spokesperson for a Republican effort to stop an extension of unemployment benefits. This comes at a time when the national unemployment rate stands at 9.7 percent. The GOP, with Coburn leading the way, blocked a bill that would spend $9 billion for the extension, arguing the extension should be implemented in a "fiscally-responsible manner." The GOP move is nothing more than political theater that could have serious and damaging repercussions for American and Oklahoma families facing hardship during the country's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.