Governor Perdue has signaled that he might turn down some of the money.
Thurmond said today at the state capitol Georgia's unemployment trust fund is fine - for now.
But as unemployment in Georgia rises, Thurmond is worried that it might not last.
"If this economy continues to deteriorate, I am concerned about the future solvency of our trust fund in 2009 and I'm committed to and I believe we need the $220 million dollars..."
Governor Perdue says if the state accepts the money, Georgia will be forced to expand its unemployment benefits long term.