Reid wants new vote on jobless benefits

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCharles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales Warren cautions Dems against infighting Dems see surge of new candidates MORE (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he will bring legislation extending unemployment benefits back to the floor as soon as it musters more Republican support.

Reid’s home-state colleague Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerThis week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote McConnell allies confident in healthcare win GOP’s message on ObamaCare is us versus them MORE (R) is leading the push to woo potential Republican supporters.

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“My colleague from Nevada, Dean Heller, has been stellar in this. He has talked about this at least once a week. What he is doing is scrambling to get a few more Republicans,” Reid said.

“Of course anytime that Sen. Heller makes a little progress on this we’ll bring it back because people are just as desperate today as they were two months ago,” he added.

The Senate approved a five-month extension of unemployment benefits in April with a 59-38 vote. Six Republicans — Heller, Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThis week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote McConnell allies confident in healthcare win GOP’s message on ObamaCare is us versus them MORE (Maine), Mark KirkMark KirkGOP senator defends funding Planned Parenthood Why Qatar Is a problem for Washington Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it MORE (Ill.), Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteOPINION: Democracy will send ISIS to the same grave as communism Kelly Ayotte joins defense contractor's board of directors Week ahead: Comey firing dominates Washington MORE (N.H.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiThis week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote GOP senator defends funding Planned Parenthood GOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood MORE (Alaska) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanMcConnell allies confident in healthcare win GOP’s message on ObamaCare is us versus them Sanders: GOP healthcare bill is a 'moral outrage' MORE (Ohio) — voted for it.

The legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled House.