Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) called up a Senate bill that would extend unemployment insurance for three-months.

The Senate tabled a pending amendment in a procedural 98-0 vote in order to allow Reid to file cloture on a new amendment that pays for the three-month extension.

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The vote to table was necessary because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (R-Ky.) wouldn’t agree through unanimous consent unless Reid allowed an open amendment process on the bill, S. 1845.

“We have a number ideas on this side of the aisle to promote economic growth,” McConnell said Tuesday. “So I ask the Majority Leader to modify his request to have an orderly, open amendment process.”

Nearly 1.3 million people lost their long-term unemployment benefits at the end of December. Unemployment insurance was designed to help those looking for work in states that can’t afford to pay unemployment benefits for more than six months.

Last month, Democrats tried to pass an unpaid-for three-month extension, which failed because Republicans said they wanted the $6.5 billion cost offset. Democrats then tried to pass an 11-month extension that was fully paid for by extending sequestration for an additional year, which would generate roughly $25 billion. Republicans balked at that plan as well and demanded an open amendment process.

“We will not agree to an unlimited amount of amendments … which again is a different way to say we don’t care about an unemployment insurance extension,” Reid said Tuesday.

Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedOvernight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council Senators question Afghanistan commander nominee on turning around 17-year war Reed: ‘Preposterous’ for Trump to say North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat MORE (D-R.I.) has been negotiating with GOP Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback MORE (Nev.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Lawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law MORE (Ohio) to find a deal. Reed’s latest proposal is for a three-month extension that is paid for through “pension smoothing” — a pay-for used in the 2012 highway bill. 

Pension smoothing reduces pension expenditures for companies in the short term creating more taxable income. It will take four years for this accounting procedure to generate the $6.5 billion needed to cover the three-month UI extesion. Some Republicans have described the practice as a budget “gimmick” that risks greater liability in the long run.

The Reed proposal also includes an amendment from Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnMr. President, let markets help save Medicare Pension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism MORE (R-Okla.) that would stop millionaires from collecting unemployment benefits.

The Senate is expected to work on this legislation for the remainder of the week, with a vote on Reed's new proposal as early as Thursday.