Sen. Dean Heller remains optimistic about unemployment


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Sen. Dean Heller remains optimistic about unemployment

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Jan 22, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More than one-million people across the country will spend another week without their extended unemployment benefits.

Congress took a recess without passing a plan to restart the program, but one lawmaker from Nevada remains optimistic.

The long-term, federal benefits expired in late December. That impacts roughly 17,000 people in Nevada.

Sen. Dean Heller has co-sponsored legislation to renew the benefits short-term.

While one measure has passed the democratically-controlled Senate, it still needs approval from the House.

Opponents want budget cuts to offset the costs.

Action News met with Sen. Heller this week. He said he was disappointed that Congress didn't agree to a deal before taking a recess, but he remains optimistic, "I'm going to keep working on it. I assure you, I'll keep working on it all week. I'll get phone calls and we'll have continuous meetings."

Nevada's unemployment rate in November was nine-percent. That's down slightly from October, but still among the worst in the nation.