Reps. Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeDem lawmaker: Barr acting like 'Michael Cohen's replacement as Donald Trump's mouthpiece' Dem rep says Trump 'slow-walking' request for tax returns Dem rep says Trump, GOP will pay a price for GM layoffs in Michigan MORE (D-Mich.) and Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority LoBiondo launches consulting firm Live coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge MORE (R-N.J.) have introduced a bill that would extend unemployment insurance for five months.

The extension, which would not offer retroactive payments for people who stopped receiving jobless benefit payments at the end of last year, would be offset using "pension smoothing" provisions from the 2012 highway bill and extending customs fees through 2024.

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In addition, individuals receiving unemployment benefits would be eligible for referrals to re-employment services programs to help them find jobs. 

Across the Capitol, Sens. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis Reed Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Senators show deep skepticism on Space Force proposal Barr says 'spying' took place on Trump campaign MORE (D-R.I.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R-Nev.) have introduced companion legislation. The Senate passed a five-month extension in April, but House GOP leadership has said Congress should instead pass legislation to create jobs.

Kildee said extending unemployment insurance would help people to afford the bare necessities while looking for new jobs.

"Since this vital lifeline lapsed, millions of families have struggled to put food on the table, keep a roof over their head and pay their bills," Kildee said.

LoBiondo said he had heard from many constituents urging Congress to pass an extension.

"Their stories have motivated my countless conversations with House leadership and concerned colleagues hoping to bridge this divide," LoBiondo said. "I see no reason why a bipartisan solution cannot be found that provides a critical lifeline to those in need without adding to the deficit."

In a statement supporting the measure, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) blasted the House GOP leadership for not bringing an renewal of unemployment insurance up for a vote.

"It is unconscionable that Republicans have refused to renew this essential support for hard working Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own," Pelosi said.