A bill to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the Senate on Thursday This triggered recriminations from both sides of the political aisle despite earlier expressions of optimism that benefits might soon be restored for more than 1 million victims of the recession. Gridlock asserted itself after majority Democrats offered to pay for a 10-month extension of a scaled-back program of benefits — then refused to permit Republicans to seek changes. Instead, Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans of “continually denigrating our economy, our president and frankly, I believe, our country.”
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