Reid wants new vote on jobless benefits

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems' Florida Senate primary nears its bitter end Trump haunts McCain's reelection fight 10 most expensive House races MORE (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 HellerDean HellerMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Senators offer bill removing hurdles to offering stock options Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform MORE (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 CollinsSusan CollinsPolitical bedfellows of 2016 may be strange but not unheard of Obama creates new national monument in Maine GOP senator considering Libertarian ticket MORE (Maine), Mark KirkMark KirkWhite House dismisses GOP senator's likening of Obama to 'drug dealer in chief' The Trail 2016: Focus on the Foundation White House: 0M Iran payment wasn’t ransom MORE (Ill.), Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteSanders to campaign for Clinton on Labor Day Republicans slam Biden remarks on closing Gitmo GOP: Ship harassment shows US-Iran relations aren't warming MORE (N.H.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Big Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling GOP divided over 0M for climate fund MORE (Alaska) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanThe Trail 2016: On the fringe McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Senate Dems' campaign arm knocks GOP for Trump support MORE (Ohio) — voted for it.

The legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled House.