Senate could vote to renew UI next week

The Senate is expected next week to take up a measure to renew a federal unemployment benefits program.

The bipartisan legislation, led by Sens. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedReed: ‘Preposterous’ for Trump to say North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat Senate Dem: Using young children as a ‘political foil’ is ‘abhorrent’ Sunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation MORE (D-R.I.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur Heller20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Trump to attend fundraiser for Heller Dems seek to seize on data privacy as midterm issue MORE (R-Nev.), could get a vote after the Senate wraps up work on a Ukraine assistance measure, a source told The Hill on Wednesday.

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The agreement on the plan, which was reached last week, would provide five months of benefits and would be retroactive back to the Dec. 28 expiration of the emergency program, which helps the long-term unemployed.

Reed and Heller have said they are confident the bill can pick up the votes needed to break a filibuster and pass the Senate.

If that happens, the bill’s fate would still be up in the air in the House, where Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE (R-Ohio) highlighted on Wednesday a letter from a trade group representing state unemployment insurance directors arguing that the bill would be impossible to implement in such a short period of time. 

The protestations about the measure didn't sit well in the Senate, where is has taken more than two months to finally craft a deal that has the potential to pass the upper chamber. 

In the past, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE has said he would be open to considering an unemployment bill that was fully paid for and included reforms to the program. 

"We believe the concerns that have been expressed are resolvable and we look forward to Speaker Boehner coming to the table to find solutions," said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for 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.).

"It is hard to imagine Speaker Boehner simply walking away from the thousands of people in Ohio who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and need this lifeline to make ends meet while they continue to look for work."

Lawmakers gathered up several pay-fors to cover the nearly $10 billion cost of restarting the program, which has been in place since June 2008.

The bill is cosponsored by 10 total lawmakers coming from both parties, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Romney backs Laura Bush on border: 'We need a more compassionate answer' Amnesty International rips family separation policy: 'This is nothing short of torture' MORE (R-Maine), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHarvard biz school honors Wilbur Ross GOP senators blast White House aide over trade remarks Community development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform MORE (R-Ohio), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' GOP senator calls on Trump to end 'cruel' family separation policy MORE (R-Alaska), Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThis week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill Trump attending Senate GOP lunch Tuesday High stakes as Trump heads to Hill MORE (R-Ill.), Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate passes 6B defense bill Amnesty International rips family separation policy: 'This is nothing short of torture' Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry MORE (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump surprises with consumer agency pick On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump nominates budget official Kraninger for consumer chief | Senate votes to block Trump ZTE deal | Stocks fall on trade tensions | House panel moves to markup budget Dems must stop picking foxes to guard the financial hen house MORE (D-Ohio) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLive coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report Hugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' Opioid treatment plans must include a trauma-informed approach MORE (D-Ill.).

The emergency federal program kicks in once workers who continue looking for a new job have exhausted benefits, usually after 26 weeks.

Advocates have argued that another round of the program is warranted because the long-term unemployed comprise about 37 percent of all the jobless. 

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen noted on Wednesday during her first press conference as head of the central bank that "underemployment and long-term employment remain significant concerns." .