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Duffy/Baldwin/Obey on extending jobless insurance, ice caves a hit
Congress is back to work this week, topping the agenda whether to extend unemployment insurance for people who have been without work for more than six months. Mike Simonson reports.
A previous extension ran out late last month, stopping checks to 1.3 million Americans.
Republican Congressman Sean Duffy says he’s not sure how he’ll vote, but he does have stipulations before he agrees to the measure.
"I want to make sure that those who may be dragging their feet a little bit get back to work, (and) we're getting them back to work. So, listen, I'm willing to consider an extension absolutely. I think we should pay for it. I guess I'm looking to see what proposal comes up so I can analyze it. When you don't have a bill to look at, it becomes problematic and you're speculating. I don't want to do that."
As the Senate moves to debate an extension of unemployment benefits and President Obama continues to push for the extension, 1.3 million Americans had their benefits run out at the end of last year, including 24,000 people in Wisconsin.
Former Democratic Congressman Dave Obey says he can only shake his head in wonder about why Congress hasn’t extended unemployment benefits. “Absolutely outrageous. Instead of giving them a hand, they’re giving them the back of our hand.”
Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy
Baldwin said Monday that she remains in favor of an extension of unemployment benefits. Baldwin says the measure may get a boost from the King holiday.
Baldwin spoke at a Milwaukee high school, where she spent part of the morning painting a wall mural.
Ice Caves draw record crowds////
The Apostle Islands ice caves are a hit. Accessible over the ice for the first time in five years, Park Superintendent Bob Krumanaker says 4000 people visited last weekend. "What we found was our parking lot was absolutely overwhelmed on the weekend and actually, Saturday and Sunday were probably te busiest days in the history of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore winter or summer. We've never seen anything like this and frnkly since it's been five years since the caves have been open, I think that's part of it, but if people can brave the weather, they'll have a very unique experience."
Krumanaker says they've had calls about the ice caves from all over the country and even from down under...Australia.
He says it's quiet weekdays, with only about 100 visiting the Lake Superior park a day.
And another “last weekend news” tidbit: More than 500 young skiers converged on Cable last weekend to compete in the Junior National Nordic Ski Championship qualifying events. Organizers say that makes it one of the largest Junior Olympic Qualifier races ever held in the Midwest.
Racers range in age from middle school through college and compete on different levels of difficulty. Races start tomorrow and Sunday at 9:30.
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