January 6, 2014

The chances of the Senate moving forward with legislation that would restore expired unemployment benefits dimmed ahead of a vote Monday evening.

Senate Democrats believe their entire 55-member caucus will support the legislation, which President Barack Obama is strongly pushing. But finding GOP votes remains a heavy lift.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is co-sponsoring the bill with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Senate Democrats believe both GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will support the legislation. The measure would revive emergency benefits that expired on Dec. 28 and extend them for three months.

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