White House Objects to Extending Unemployment Benefits for Laid Off Airline Employees

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April 8, 2003, 11:35PM    Bush Administration Seeks to Block Unemployment Benefits for Laid Off Airline Workers    Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle News Services     DALLAS -- (excerpt)    · White House officials ...
April 8, 2003, 11:35PM

Bush Administration Seeks to Block Unemployment Benefits for Laid Off Airline Workers

Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle News Services

DALLAS -- (excerpt)

· White House officials asked Congress on Tuesday to drop plans to give aviation workers $225 million in extended unemployment benefits. But the House quickly voted to support the relief. The Bush administration, in letters to the top Republican and Democratic members of both chambers' Appropriations Committees, said it "strongly opposes" beefing up unemployment benefits for those who have lost jobs in the air travel industry. Today a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators will meet to craft a compromise version that can be sent to President Bush by week's end.