(TRNS) — The U.S. Senate won’t vote on a measure to extend long-term jobless benefits until January 27 at the earliest.
After Senators go home to hear from constituents next week, we’ll vote again to #renewUI.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) January 16, 2014
Reid and his fellow Democrats have tried and failed multiple times this month to extend unemployment insurance for roughly 1.3 million Americans who have been out of work for six months or longer.
With Congress and President Obama away on vacation, benefits expired back on December 28. Since then, both parties have tussled over whether or not to offset the cost of extending benefits by cutting other areas of the federal budget.
The White House has blamed the hold-up squarely on Republicans, who believe the bill should be paid for.
“It’s very disappointing that Republicans in the Senate chose to block action tonight on a compromise,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney after the bill failed to attract the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.
It’s estimated that a three-month extension of unemployment insurance would cost around $6.4 billion.