Reid Rails Against Omitting Jobless Benefits

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is railing against Congress' failure to include extending federal jobless benefits to more than 1 million people in a two-year budget deal.

The Nevada Democrat on Thursday accused Republicans of obstructionism and said the GOP is the reason Congress is less popular than a cockroach.

The budget deal approved Wednesday is aimed at preventing another government shutdown and eases the harshest effect of automatic budget cuts.

But it also excluded extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. About 17,000 Nevadans will be cut off from benefits Dec. 28.

Reid says reinstating the program will be a priority when Congress convenes in January.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller introduced a bill Wednesday to extend the program for three months while a compromise is sought.


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