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 ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Emanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 Feinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss MORE (D-Nev.) said he had received a new proposal from Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsDems, greens gear up for fight against Trump EPA pick Medicare looms over Trump-Ryan alliance Senators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump MORE (R-Maine) and Dean HellerDean HellerReid bids farewell to the Senate Reid defends relationship with McConnell in farewell speech Governments and businesses: Teaming up for taxpayers 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 McConnellHouse GOP made call on miners benefits Manchin urging colleagues to block funding bill as shutdown looms McConnell huddles with GOP rep to discuss possible ND Senate opening 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.