Senators Negotiating Ways To Pay For Yearlong Jobless Benefits

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Senators are having bipartisan talks about how to pay for a revival of long-term unemployment benefits. The Republicans engaging with Democrats are said to be Sens. Rob Portman (OH), Susan Collins (ME) and Dean Heller (NV).

Democratic leaders prefer to enact the Reed-Heller three-month extension, which is on the floor, without an offset and then negotiate a one-year pay-for. But they’re waiting to see what comes of the talks before making their next move.

“Some Republican senators are having conversations about possible offsets for a full-year extension,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Thursday. “Let’s see how they want to pay for it.”

He said offsetting a short-term extension would be “ill-advised” as Congress would have to return to the issue in three months.

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