In an effort to drum up GOP support for a bill that would temporarily extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Sunday sought to paint the measure's Republican co-sponsor, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), as a staunch conservative.
"Remember, Dean Heller is not some maverick that is out spewing socialism," Reid said on CBS's "Face The Nation." "Here's a guy who is really a conservative person, and he wants to extend unemployment benefits. I admire him for doing that. And can't we get four Republicans to agree with the American people that we should do that? I would certainly hope so."
The Senate plans to hold a vote Monday on a measure sponsored by Heller and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) that would extend recently expired benefits for the long-term unemployed for three months. Some Republicans have said they want to see concessions from Democrats before agreeing to extend benefits.
"What I would like to do, when we get back, is one, if we extend it, we pay for it. But, two, we add something to it that would create jobs," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."