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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Dean Heller
Senate Democrats and Republicans both say they want to renew benefits for the long-term unemployed, but in their newest proposals the two sides are still far apart on details such as how to pay for an extension and how long it should last.
When pop singer Warren Zevon sang of his gambling addiction, he begged his father to "bring lawyers, guns and money" to get him out of a jam. Some casino operators in Nevada are taking the advice to heart. One has vowed to spend "whatever it takes" to prohibit wagering on the Internet, using an army of lawyers and lobbyists. Nevada's junior senator, Dean Heller, is looking to get his favored constituents out of the jam of competition.
A U.S. Senate Committee has passed a bill authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars for environmental projects at Lake Tahoe.
A bill that would add the option of choosing "none of the above" on New Hampshire ballots seems like a quintessential proposal for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state that prides itself on having discerning voters.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he is seeking votes for a new measure that would extend jobless benefits for three more months for people out of work the longest.
Three years after an assassination attempt on then-Rep. Gabrielle Gifford brought members of Congress together, fewer lawmakers crossed the aisle Tuesday night, leaving the chamber once again a partisan seesaw.
Democrats are returning to Washington this week armed with stories from some of the 1.6 million unemployed Americans back home who are desperate to have the federal government resume paying unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
Las Vegas is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a 32nd annual parade in his honor.
Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.
A handful of Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in pushing a hotly contested extension of unemployment benefits through the Senate Tuesday, but the House's GOP leadership said the bill isn't going anywhere until backers figure out how to pay for its $6.5 billion price tag.
Lawmakers are set for a clash in the Senate Monday over unemployment benefits, with Democrats calling for a no-strings-attached extension of long-term benefits and Republicans insisting that any new spending be offset by cuts elsewhere.
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continued the administration's push for Congress to restore emergency unemployment benefits for approximately 1.3 million people who were cut off last month, arguing that past Congresses did so without demanding offsets elsewhere in the budget.
As President Obama rang in 2014 in Hawaii, the director of his National Economic Council said Wednesday there would be "no better New Year's resolution for Congress" than to make its first legislative priority restoring emergency unemployment benefits for the estimated 1.3 million people who were cut off Dec. 28.
President Obama spent the seventh day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Friday heading to the gym before calling senators to discuss the extension of expiring federal unemployment benefits.
"We want to change the law back," Mr. Heller told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week. "Obviously that was done by the attorney general two days before Christmas, about three or four years ago, hoping that nobody would notice. The purpose of it was to allow Illinois to put their lottery tickets online."
"Sen. Heller is continuing to talk with his Democratic and Republican colleagues about a number of ideas to move unemployment insurance legislation forward," said Heller spokesman Chandler Smith.