Update 11:22 a.m. Tuesday: The bill wound up getting six Senate Republicans to clear a key procedural hurdle with 60 votes.

The Senate is set to consider a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for three months. But before benefits can be restored for 1.3 million Americans who are waiting, the bipartisan duo proposing it will need to find Republican votes. (The Washington Post)

With inclement weather gripping most of the nation, Senate leaders were forced to postpone a vote Monday evening on a bipartisan plan to once again provide federal unemployment insurance for more than 1 million Americans. The proposal appears to be falling short of the Republican support needed to clear procedural hurdles and advance in the Senate.

The proposal by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) would provide benefits to eligible workers for three months, at a cost of $6.5 billion. With more than a dozen senators still absent Monday evening due to delayed flights, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) agreed with Republicans to postpone a procedural vote on the proposal and said it would occur instead on Tuesday.