Senators opposing original extender bill have issues with new proposal

"I am definitely a no," Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told The Hill, adding that there were "many things" still troubling to her about the bill. 

Both Republican senators from Maine also have problems with the bill. 

"I think we need to keep working," Sen. Susan Collins said, whose primary issue is that the legislation still adds to the deficit. 

Sen. Olympia Snowe is also concerned with the bill's deficit spending and continues to have issues with the package's payroll tax on S corporations. 

"The list of professional services, there's a lot of ambiguity in who determines what services — what professions — would have to pay that level of taxation," she said, adding that she will be offering amendments to address her concerns with the bill. 

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) told The Hill that changes to the original bill have improved the measure. But he wants some assurance that increased payments to the oil recovery fund will be used to clean up oil spills and not pay for the bill's cost. 

"They jacked up the amount per barrel on oil for the recovery fund and that has to go into the recovery fund and not just a shell game," he said, adding that if the money is used to pay for the bill he "will have some problems" with the measure.  

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) remains concerned with the bill adding to the deficit by extending unemployment insurance and federal medical assistance percentages (FMAP), but said he will support the legislation. 

"We need to tighten up the deficit, but the bill is better now that it was before," he told reporters. 

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told The Hill that changes to the bill might sway her to support the measure. 

"I think so," she said. "I'm optimistic."