Two thousand federal transportation workers are still on furlough without pay and the Obama administration said they have a Kentucky senator to blame for it. The furloughs and freeze on payments to some state highway programs were the result of a decision by Republican Sen. Jim Bunning to block passage of legislation that would have extended federal highway and transit programs. The extension of transportation programs was part of a larger package of government programs that expired Sunday, including unemployment benefits for about 400,000 Americans. Bunning objected to the $10 billion measure, saying it would add to the budget deficit.
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