House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sought to raise doubts Wednesday about a new bipartisan deal to extend federal unemployment insurance, citing the concerns of state officials responsible for paying out benefits to out-of-work Americans. …

In a statement, Boehner described the state officials’ warning as “cause for serious concern.”

“We have always said that we’re willing to look at extending emergency unemployment benefits again, if Washington Democrats can come up with a plan that is fiscally-responsible, and gets to the root of the problem by helping to create more private-sector jobs,” Boehner said. “There is no evidence that the bill being rammed through the Senate by Leader Reid meets that test, and according to these state directors, the bill is also simply unworkable. Frankly, a better use of the Senate’s time would be taking up and passing the dozens of House-passed jobs bills still awaiting action.”