Last year's cuts in federal spending aggravated a persistent joblessness problem in the Colorado Springs area, with its multiple military facilities and defense and aerospace companies. Now, the loss of emergency unemployment benefits in that bastion of conservatism highlights a dilemma faced by Republicans reluctant to extend them.
Plenty of Republicans depend on that jobless aid. The argument for opposing an extension of benefits -- that the aid can ultimately make it harder to find work -- meets a more complex reality where people live.
El Paso County, which includes Colorado Springs, is represented by Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, a conservative who has objected to the extension of unemployment benefits unless they are fully paid for with money from elsewhere in the budget.