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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Dean Heller
After the last effort stalled in the House, senators are again trying to pass an extension to long-term unemployment insurance to help more than 3 million people struggling without the benefits.
Six months after federal unemployment benefits expired, a handful of senators geared up Tuesday for another effort to try to get them extended, but the issue appears to be losing traction.
It dominated the Democrats' political attacks in December and early this year, but the push to extend unemployment benefits has faded as deadlines have been missed and the overall jobless rate has tumbled.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is worth between $2.9 million and $6.7 million, while U.S. Sen. Dean Heller's assets are valued between $2.9 million and $9.3 million, according to their latest financial disclosure statements.
A congressman who represents the area of Nevada that's home to Cliven Bundy's ranch says his constituents are demanding he ask state and local law enforcement to get rid of militia members who have come to stand by the rancher's side in his grazing dispute against the federal government.
Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada says Cliven Bundy should pay the Bureau of Land management more than $1 million in grazing fees the agency says he owes.
Senators urged Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday to hold a vote on a bill to extend unemployment insurance that will expire in one month.
Rep. Mark Amodei has chided two fellow members of Nevada's congressional delegation for their descriptions of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's supporters.
A small group of demonstrators staged a protest of southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Friday outside the federal courthouse in Reno.
A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.
A Republican U.S. senator added his voice Wednesday to critics of a federal cattle roundup fought by a Nevada rancher who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas
Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said they've given up on making the benefits retroactive to December, when they expired.
Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said "in the environment we have here today, we wouldn't be able to pass retroactive unemployment extension. We're doing the best we can."