Reid wants new vote on jobless benefits

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (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 Heller (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 Collins (Maine), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rob Portman (Ohio) — voted for it.

The legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled House.