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February 13, 2016

Reid: Unemployment Extension Could Get Attached to Supplemental

Reid said he hopes senators get a chance to attach an unemployment extension to the $4.3 billion emergency spending bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he hopes senators get a chance to add an unemployment extension to the $4.3 billion emergency spending bill.

“Well, there’s a chance,” the Nevada Democrat said when asked about the odds Sen. Jack Reed would be able to attach an unemployment extension to the supplemental.

Reed, D-R.I., said he wants to use the emergency spending bill as a vehicle for the unemployment extension.

“I would hope so, he deserves that,” Reid continued when asked whether Reed would be able to offer his amendment. “He and Heller deserve that.”

Reed and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., have been advocating for bringing back emergency unemployment compensation benefits since they expired in December and have drafted two five-month long unemployment extension bills, including one that passed the Senate in April.

Reid noted that the earlier efforts haven’t gone anywhere.

The Republican-run House never considered the first measure, arguing it does nothing for job creation.

“We are losing some of our enthusiasm when the Republicans simply, other than Dean Heller, just turn a blind eye to these people who are suffering,” Reid said.

In the meantime, a bill that at one point had been considered a leading contender to carry an unemployment extension — a job training overhaul — has blitzed through both chambers.

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