Senator Dean Heller (R-NV):
“These past few months have been extremely difficult for thousands of Nevadans who have been unsure of how to pay the bills or feed their families. I am so glad that both Democrats and Republicans have come together on a proposal that will finally give Americans certainty about their unemployment benefits. This deal extends these important benefits for five months, pays for them, and brings buy-in from both sides of the aisle. I am grateful to Senator Reed and to Senators Collins, Portman, Murkowski and Kirk for the determination and hard work involved in order to reach this point.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of senators says they have reached a compromise extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for five months.
If the Senate approves the deal, it would break a months-long stalemate over the issue in the chamber between the two parties.
Two leaders of the negotiations - Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada - said in a statement that the deal would be retroactive to the end of last year. Since that time, jobless coverage has expired for roughly 2 million people.
The proposal would be paid for by extending some customs fees and changing how some companies set aside money for pensions, in effect increasing their taxes.
The deal also ends jobless payments to people earning over $1 million.