Senate Democrats are blocking a move to attach federal jobless benefits to a tax cut bill.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who co-authored legislation to revive expired unemployment benefits with retroactive pay, said Democrats rejected his effort to include it in the tax cut package, which is set for a vote as early as next week.
“That’s not going to happen,” Heller told the Washington Examiner. “There just isn’t the appetite I had expected on the left to address the issue.”
Heller pointed out that Senate Democrats, who are in the majority have not allowed a tax bill to be amended in three years.
“I’ve been told we are not going to this time, either.”
Democrats for months have been attacking House Republicans over their refusal to take up an extension of federal jobless pay.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., even blamed the wealthy Koch brothers, who fund a conservative political action committee that helps Republican candidates.
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