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Earlier today, House republicans refused to extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million working Americans.  Included in the Senate version of the bill, which they rejected, was an extension of unemployment benefits, but with the failure of the House to pass the bill, these jobless workers - 33,400 in Missouri alone - will receive no extension come January 1.

With all the doom and gloom in the economy and the fact that the holiday season is upon us, you'd think our elected officials in Washington would take every opportunity to work to solve the economic crisis our nation is currently enduring.

But no.  Rep. Todd Akin prefers to see this as an opportunity to continue his baseless attacks on workers:

Akin also said he wants to sit down with the Senate to continue pressing for the House-drawn provision that would allow states to perform drug tests as a condition for receiving unemployment.

"We don't really want our unemployment benefits going for drugs because people on drugs aren't easily employed," he said.

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