Journalist Gary Fineout just tweeted a response from Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul to a question about the legislature’s failure to address state statute language that could prevent Floridians from receiving a portion of recently extended federal unemployment benefits:

Cretul defends not taking up jobless benefits this wk. Says can’t tell what DC will do. Says Fl Leg will take it up in Sept

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