(CNN) - A new Senate proposal is on the table to extend federal jobless benefits for more than a million unemployed Americans.
A Democrat from Rhode Island and a Republican from Nevada, two states struggling with some of the highest levels of unemployment, came up with the proposal.
The deal would extend federal jobless benefits for three months.
The benefits lapsed back in December when the recession-era program expired.
The proposal now under consideration would also be retroactive for the weeks when unemployment checks stopped going out.
Democratic Senator Jack Reed, who helped negotiate the proposal, said the plan would be paid for as demanded by Republicans, but he's not sure if it will get the support of 60 senators needed to pass.
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