A group of fiscally conservative Missouri senators is continuing to block legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits, even though Senate Republican leaders support the bill.
State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the filibuster for weeks. He says rejecting the money would send a message to Washington that it needs to reign in spending.
A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate is still blocking a bill that would allow the state to receive $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.
But the bill's supporters say Missouri hasn't lost out yet, despite today's deadline for getting it passed.
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