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Bunning: It's the spending, not the bill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning says his
single-handed attempts to keep from adding to the federal deficit
were not meant to block unemployment benefits.
Bunning told Fox Business Network on Wednesday all he was trying
to do was ensure there was a way to pay for those benefits without
adding to the federal deficit.
After the 78-year-old Republican backed down Tuesday, the Senate
passed a 30-day bill extending programs such as unemployment for
the long-term jobless.
Bunning says Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid also
deserves to be blamed for holding up the bill for several days
because he could have followed procedures that would have moved it
along.
Fox also reported that Bunning had received death threats, but a
call to Bunning spokesman Mike Reynard was not returned and there
was no answer at Bunning's Washington, D.C., office.

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