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Democrats criticize Djou unemployment vote

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HONOLULU (AP) - Democrats are sharply criticizing Hawaii Republican Rep. Charles Djou's vote against a measure to restore jobless benefits.

President Barack Obama signed the bill into law Thursday after a 272-152 vote in the House sent the measure to his desk.

Djou voted against the $34 billion bill for the second time this month.

It will restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more.

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman says Djou "just doesn't get it."

State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa -- Djou's likely Democratic opponent in November -- says, by voting twice against the measure, "Djou is saying no to Hawaii."

Djou has said his first vote against the legislation was because it would increase the deficit.

Hawaii's other House member, Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono, supported the bill.

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