Grassley: Unemployment extension OK if paid for

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he supports a federal extension of unemployment benefits as long as the money is found to pay for it.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Grassley says he voted no Tuesday on a procedural issue determining whether the issue would move forward because there were no assurances the measure would be funded. A majority of Senators voted to move the issue forward and another vote on the extension is expected Wednesday evening.

Grassley says he’ll vote yes if the extension is paid for otherwise he will not support it.

Democrats, backed by the White House, and Republicans remain sharply divided over whether the cost of the $6.4 billion program extension should be added to the deficit or paid for with spending cuts.

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