House Speaker John Boehner is facing some pressure from members of his own party over unemployment insurance. Boehner opposes a bipartisan Senate plan to extend the emergency aid for five months, but the same can't be said of all House Republicans:
Rep. Peter T. King of New York said Thursday he and Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey had sent a letter urging Boehner and his team to move the Senate proposal (HR 3979) or an alternative.There's something else these Republicans could do if they really wanted to build pressure for a vote on unemployment aid: They could sign a discharge petition to actually force a vote. Of course, that's crazy talk. It would mean putting the policy above party loyalty. But in the meantime, if Boehner hears from a few more Republicans, particularly ones in swing districts, that's the way to get him to shift his position enough to allow a vote.
“We want it extended,” King said. “We respectfully request that the House immediately consider this bill or a similar measure to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” the letter said. [...]
Five Republicans besides King and LoBiondo signed the letter asking Boehner to bring something to the floor: Joe Heck of Nevada; Jon Runyan and Christopher H. Smith, both of New Jersey; and Chris Gibson and Michael G. Grimm, both of New York.