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Portman indicated that he would like to handle an extension of longterm unemployment benefits separate from the budget deal.

"It's about $25 billion that no one was talking about, George, until the last week," Portman said. "So it's an additional cost within this budget agreement. I think the thought always was that it would be handled separately."

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sunday that Democrats are not united in demanding that an extension of longterm unemployment benefits be included in a budget deal, despite House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) statement Thursday that unemployment benefits must be included in a budget agreement.

 

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