Reid wants new vote on jobless benefits


Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems slam Trump over taco bowl tweet Reid: GOP is the party of Trump Democrats race to link GOP incumbents to Trump 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 HellerCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Democrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment Senate votes to increase wind energy funding MORE (R) is leading the push to woo potential Republican supporters.

“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 CollinsThe Trail 2016: And then there was one Maine Republican senator suggests she could back Trump Larry Wilmore, Sting party in DC ahead of WHCD MORE (Maine), Mark KirkMark KirkDemocrats race to link GOP incumbents to Trump Trump ticket looms over vulnerable GOP senators Elizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth MORE (Ill.), Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteTrump plans visit to Capitol Hill Ayotte alarmed by sped-up Gitmo reviews The Trail 2016: And then there was one MORE (N.H.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiActivists target Google employees over GOP convention plans The Hill's 12:30 Report Bishop eyes new Puerto Rico bill after recess MORE (Alaska) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanTrump: I’ll announce VP pick at convention Trump: I never considered Nikki Haley for VP Susana Martinez not interested in being Trump's VP MORE (Ohio) — voted for it.

The legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled House.