Reid Files Motion to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Posted October 21, 2009 at 8:32pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed a procedural motion Wednesday on legislation to extend unemployment benefits an additional 14 weeks.

Republicans have twice blocked the measure from moving forward, saying they want to consider a handful of amendments along with the larger package. Especially problematic for Democrats is an amendment sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) that would extend the popular homebuyers tax credit.

Democrats have been cool to take up the bill, which does not include an offset for the $16.7 billion price tag. The bill Reid filed a motion on Wednesday does not include the Isakson amendment.