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Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., right, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, confer before a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday. Benefits expired for many long-term unemployed Americans on Dec. 28 after lawmakers did not extend the program as part of a bipartisan budget agreement. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., is leading the effort to reauthorize the benefits for three months nationwide, but Republicans are balking however have balked at the proposed extension without offsets for the $6.5 billion that it will cost. (AP Photo)