Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture Monday afternoon on a $115 billion tax extenders measure that has been delayed since before the Memorial Day recess.
Senate Democratic leadership is aiming to complete the bill, which includes an extension of unemployment benefits through November, by the end of the week, according to an aide.
At least two Republicans are offering paid-for alternatives to the bill — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) — that uses stimulus funding to pay for the measure.
McConnell's measure extends unemployment insurance for 30 days, but Reid said that wasn't adequate to deal with the matter.