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Letter: How to pay for jobless benefits

A recruiter waits to meet with job seekers

A recruiter waits to meet with job seekers at a recent career fair Credit: AP

The Republican Party's insistence that extended unemployment benefits for Americans be fully funded is easily achieved ["Unemployed now face uncertainty," News, Jan. 13].

Estimates are that annual oil company subsidies, when combined with state and local government aid to large oil companies, amount to anywhere from $133.2 billion to $280.8 billion, according to Data Transmission Network, an agricultural news service.

Unemployment insurance is spent back into the economy. Lowering oil company subsidies to allow the unemployed to purchase gas to look for a job would certainly be reasonable. Has anyone ever noticed oil companies using their subsidies to reduce gas prices?

Clifford Glass, Rego Park
 

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