Senate leaders on Monday agreed to delay a key procedural vote on a bill to extend emergency unemployment aid, from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon.
On the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) said he had received a new proposal from Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSunday shows preview: Trump plans next steps The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits MORE (R-Maine) and Dean HellerDean HellerOvernight Energy: Trump orders review of national monuments, claiming ‘egregious abuse’ Draft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Ex-Nevada state treasurer may challenge Heller in 2018 MORE (R-Nev.) that would extend unemployment help for three more months, not the 11 months that Reid supports.
"They've made a proposal, I have the outline of that proposal," Reid said. "However, I can't automatically agree to it, because it calls for a three-month [extension] rather than the 11 months or so that we had.
Reid noted that he supports the longer extension, as does President Obama. However, he indicated that he would discuss the Collins-Heller plan at the usual Tuesday caucus lunch with other Democrats.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellStudy: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE (R-Ky.) said he supports a delay, and also called on Democrats to allow consideration of GOP amendments to whatever is brought forward. "What I'm hoping for here is an open amendment process," he said.
Leaders of both parties had been meeting all day to find a way forward on an amendment agreement. Republicans have said Democrats must allow consideration of some GOP amendments, after Democrats indicated they would only allow some relevant amendments to be considered.
On Monday evening, the Senate had planned to vote to end debate on Reid's amendment, which would pay for the extension by extending out the sequester cuts until 2024. As a result of the procedural change, a vote on that amendment is now planned for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.