The Senate has agreed to move ahead on considering restoring long term unemployment insurance payments but ABC News eports there is no guarantee on a final deal as the next step in the unemployment debate is even steeper. At the heart of the disagreement: should Congress cut $6-billion from other govt programs to pay for the emergency benefits for a million or more who struggle to find jobs past the initial six months. Republicans say yes. The president says no.
Indiana US Senator Dan Coats says, while he opposes the current bill, he voted to proceed with considering the extension. Senator Coats says he would oppose final passage of the bill if senators are obstructed from offering amendments.