The Washington Times - January 7, 2014, 08:18AM

Sen. Sherrod Brown downplayed the delayed test vote in the Senate over extending employment benefits, chalking it up to the delayed flights because of cold temperatures.

Mr. Brown, Ohio Democrat, said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he doesn’t think that it is unreasonable for Republican to ask for the proposed three-month extension to be paid for with savings or cuts found in other areas of the budget.


“I don’t think it is unreasonable to ask, but it’s only reasonable if they are willing to offer what they think are ways we should pay for it,” Mr. Brown said, adding that the extension will help the economy. “You put money into people’s pockets, they will spend it. Most economists say this will create some 200,000-plus something jobs by extending this insurance payments, these benefits, for the next several months.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is expected to hold a vote to end debate on the bill Tuesday. It requires 60 votes.

Mr. Brown said the the extension of unemployment insurance could help build momentum for other legislative pushes, including a proposed increase in the minimum wage and immigration reform.