WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A deal to restore long-term unemployment benefits may have bipartisan support, the Hill reported Monday.
The vote could happen as early as Tuesday on a measure being hammered out by lawmakers that would restore long-term benefits for three months, a source told the congressional newspaper.
The Hill said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., did not hint at a deal Monday but said in a floor speech he was "cautiously optimistic that Republicans will heed their constituents at home and help Democrats restore emergency benefits to Americans in need."
Some 1.3 million people who have been out of work for at least six months were left without unemployment benefits when the long-term benefits program expired in December. Democrats say the long-term coverage is needed because nearly 38 percent of unemployed workers have been out of work for at least 27 weeks, the Hill reported.