(Washington, DC) -- The Senate is moving forward on a bill extending longterm unemployment benefits. A three-month extension of jobless aid cleared a procedural hurdle and created a path for passage this week.
Several Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting the procedural motion to advance the bill. Unemployment benefits for one-point-three million Americans expired on December 28th. While final passage in the Democratic-led Senate is now likely, prospects in the Republican-run House are murky. Many Republicans want to offset the roughly six-billion dollar cost of the extension with spending cuts elsewhere. Democrats are demanding a clean extension, with no strings attached.
Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller strongly supports an extension of the jobless aid.