• Senate Close To Short Term Deal on Unemployment Benefits
  • February 5, 2014
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • A deal to extend long-term unemployment benefits for three months, paid for by reforms to pension policy, is coming together. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he is close to securing the 60 votes he would need to advance the legislation.

    The shorter-term deal, including the pay-for, represents a retrenchment for Democrats. Reid and his caucus pushed a nearly yearlong, unpaid-for bill on the floor earlier this month, but Republicans blocked it.

    Even with a deal in the Senate, the extension of benefits will likely die in the Senate, because House Republicans have been unwilling to take the issue up.