Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate failed to move forward a Democratic plan to restore emergency jobless benefits that expired Dec. 28 for 1.3 million Americans.

A dispute over how to cover the cost of the benefits and how long they should continue — for three months or almost a year — stalled the measure since last week. With no deal in sight, today's 55-45 vote may scuttle action on the bill. Sixty votes were needed for it to advance.

Shortly before the vote, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, offered Republicans a chance to propose amendments.

"I am disappointed that we couldn't work something out," Reid said.

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