Sen. Jim Bunning holds up unemployment insurance and Cobra extensions on Senate floor: 'Tough s--t'

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Fun starts about 422. I didn't get a chance to listen to all of it for the cussing, so let me know in comments if you can hear it. Bunning should get together with McCain and they could start a Cranky Old Farts Club.

Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber – but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”

In an unusual display in the normally sleepy chamber, Bunning – without the support of GOP leadership – has blocked efforts to quickly approve a series of extensions to measures that would otherwise expire Sunday, including unemployment insurance and the Cobra program that allows people who lose their health benefits to continue getting coverage.

And that has led to a furious exchange on the floor, with Democrats attacking the senator, who has refused to relent on his objection, in unusually harsh terms.

In a colloquy with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeff Merkley, a freshman Democrat from Oregon, was pleading for Bunning to drop his objection, when the Kentucky Republican got fed up.

“Tough s—t,” Bunning said as he was seated in the back row, overheard by the floor staff and others in attendance.

A spokesman for Bunning did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • mellowjohn

    if only he'd played for the cubs. then i could REALLY hate him.
    go white sox (roster player report today!)!

  • GottaLaff

    Alison, I know! It's all messed up!

  • Alison

    Somehow, the top of this post got attached to a different post, and something else got overwritten. I did a reload of the page to look for updates and don't remember the thing that was here before. GL was going to be on Ed Schultz was one thing, but there was more!

  • Anonymous

    Hasn't the man suffered enough!

    My god people.

    He had to miss a college basketball game to deny unemployment extentions to millions Americans (okay maybe not the same as missing a house payment or a meal, like the people who will not get their unemployment checks) . But it is pretty close.

  • HarborGuy

    Here is how to contact this disgrace:

    Email: (but rumor has it that it's been shut down with "under maint."
    http://bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

    Phones: (rumored to be jammed)
    Washington, D.C.
    316 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Main: 202.224.4343
    Fax: 202.228.1373

    District 4 - Ft. Wright (Main State Office)
    1717 Dixie Highway
    Suite 220
    Ft. Wright, KY 41011
    Main: 859-341-2602
    Fax: 859.331.7445
    Toll free: 1-800-283-8983

    District 1 - Hopkinsville
    1100 S. Main Street
    Suite 12
    Hopkinsville, KY 42240
    Main: 270.885.1212
    Fax: 270.881.3975
    Toll free: 1-800-283-8983

    More numbers on his site.