Labor Secretary Tom Perez sent a letter to Senate leaders on Friday saying he is “confident that there are workable solutions for all of the concerns raised by [the National Association of State Workforce Agencies]” and that “any challenges pale in comparison to those to the need that the long-term unemployed have for these benefits.”The Nevada head of unemployment insurance operations said he was ready to implement the bill regardless: "We would stand ready and do it. ... We’ll get through it, just like we have in the past."
Meanwhile, even some Republicans are starting to get openly frustrated with obstruction from their party:
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), the main Republican working on the deal, said it was “extremely disappointing that, no matter what solution is reached, there is some excuse to deny these much-needed benefits.”This should not exactly come as a surprise to Heller. There's always an excuse.
House Democrats are circulating a discharge petition to force a vote on unemployment aid, but so far no Republicans have signed it. Getting a House vote on this vital bill, whether through a successful discharge petition or action by Boehner, will require the kind of public pressure even House Republicans can't ignore.