Republicans in Congress are willing to fund extended unemployment benefits if Democrats agree to cut around $6 billion from other parts of the budget to pay for it.
Here's an idea: Take the approximately $3 billion in aid given to Israel,
the approximately $2 billion given to Egypt, and another $1 billion given to
various other countries for who knows what, and pay for unemployment benefits
This way American citizens are getting their own money back.
Still, it has to be pointed out that cutting foreign aid will hurt American
workers, since some of the funds aren’t given directly to other governments,
but to American companies that produce weapons or other products that are then
sent to these countries. Less foreign aid means fewer jobs for Americans.
So unfortunately, as members of Congress refuse to admit in public, and as
many Americans are too dumb to figure out, there's no easy way of the budget
mess. Fixing things will require both cutting spending and raising taxes -
neither of which anyone, Congress or the public, wants to do.