Fight Over Extending Unemployment Benefit Heats Up

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f161eeca73.jpgglegorly/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday refuted GOP claims that Democrats are hoping efforts to extend long-term unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans will fail. The two sides have not been able to come together over how to pay for the estimated $6 billion extension.

When two Republican proposals were shot down, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Democrats will use it as another example of so-called GOP obstructionism during the midterm elections. The Kentucky Republican said that Democrats were "putting politics over struggling families" in an effort to retain the Senate.

However, Reid snapped back on Thursday, "This is asinine that they would even suggest that."

Meanwhile, neither party has offered a proposal yet that can garner the needed 60 votes that will restore unemployment benefits.

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