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Reid Seeking Votes For New Jobless Benefits Deal

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January 29, 2014 AT 10:05 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's seeking votes for a new measure aimed at extending jobless benefits for people who have been out of work the longest. The Nevada Democrat told reporters Wednesday he's short of the 60 votes needed to end Republican delaying tactics against the measure. But he said he has 58 or 59 votes and hopes his chamber will debate the package next week. The program expired on Dec. 28, cutting off benefits for the long-term unemployed, which is more than 1 million people.