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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Blog for Iowa: Partisan Debate in the Iowa House over Military Families

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa
"If we consider that the United States is fighting two wars, it is hard to say anything other than it is despicable to play partisan games when it comes to supporting our active duty military's families." At one of the several legislative forums taking place around the state on Saturday morning, Representative Dave Jacoby (HD30) mentioned that there was a sickening debate in the house pertaining to unemployment insurance benefits for spouses who leave employment to accompany a spouse on a military assignment. (HF 2110) Republican Representatives Tymeson and Kauffman argued against the bill saying it would impact employers. Republican Royd Chambers was quoted as saying, "Why should Iowa businesses pay out unemployment benefits when you volunteered?"

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