Kimberly Swearengin

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Reid: Jobless benefits 2014 priority

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that extending unemployment benefits will be the first item on the Senate’s to-do list in 2014.<p>As Reid, flanked by his top leadership deputies, laid out Senate Democrats’ election-year agenda focused on income inequality, the Nevada Democrat …

Reid: Let’s not just extend unemployment insurance. Let’s expand it.

It’s a bit surprising this didn’t get more attention. But the other day, Harry Reid told a Nevada newspaper that he’d like to <i>expand</i> the unemployment insurance program, not just extend it.<p>This would go significantly farther than the current proposal in the Senate to extend unemployment insurance by …

Why Harry Reid Hasn't Let Republicans Add Amendments To The Unemployment Insurance Bill

Two articles - in the <i>New York Times</i> and <i>Wall Street Journal</i> - each pointed out that this has become an increasingly common tactic for Reid. Over the past six months, Reid has allowed votes on just four Republican amendments.<p>In the case of unemployment insurance though, it once again all comes down …

Unemployment

Harry Reid's unemployment bet

Faced with Democrats’ first big defeat of 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is betting that his party’s message will trump growing Republican complaints about his leadership.<p>For more than a week, Reid kept the Senate focused on reviving expired emergency unemployment benefits, an effort that …