"I think it's a travesty that they can't pass the unemployment extension in the Senate. Even when Ronald Reagan was President it was very bi-partisan. People are out of work. We had a tough economy in the 80's. They extended unemployment. Why would we not do it today? I would hope those 1 million people would contact the senators and say why are you holding it up? Even in the state of Texas, our two senators have not voted for it and the lack of the extension I think is a black mark on our whole country."
Republican Senator John Cornyn says he has supported a benefits extension, just not one that will increase the federal deficit. He wants to see an unemployment package that pays for itself.
"It's simply irresponsible to continue to spend money that we don't have, particularly when I have supported and we've offered alternative packages that extend unemployment insurance benefits on a temporary basis for the people who need it, but having it paid for. That is the way I think we should go and so I will continue to resist additional deficit spending."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a procedural vote on Tuesday. Four similar votes have failed.