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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." (associated Press)

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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." (associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said he will continue to "work on a path forward" on legislation to extend unemployment benefits, said a spokesperson. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said he will continue to "work on a path forward" on legislation to extend unemployment benefits, said a spokesperson. (Associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

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There were some exceptions, particularly in the Senate, where the newly minted legislative team of Sens. Dean Heller (left) and Jack Reed hooked up. The Nevada Republican and Rhode Island Democrat made waves over the last two months by partnering to try to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, with Mr. Heller bucking many in his own party to work with Democrats.

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There were some exceptions, particularly in the Senate, where the newly minted legislative team of Sens. Dean Heller (left) and Jack Reed hooked up. The Nevada Republican and Rhode Island Democrat made waves over the last two months by partnering to try to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, with Mr. Heller bucking many in his own party to work with Democrats.

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., second from left, accompanied by fellow Senate Republicans, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, where they discussed their concerns about the political fight over legislation to restore benefits to long-term jobless workers. From left are, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Heller, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., second from left, accompanied by fellow Senate Republicans, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, where they discussed their concerns about the political fight over legislation to restore benefits to long-term jobless workers. From left are, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Heller, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, talks to the media after winning re-election to the Senate over Rep. Shelley Berkley, his Democratic challenger, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, talks to the media after winning re-election to the Senate over Rep. Shelley Berkley, his Democratic challenger, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. At right is his wife, Lynne. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, left, shares a moment with his wife, Lynne Heller after speaking to the media about his win over challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. to be re-elected to the Senate, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)