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Supplemental Deal Being Eyed

“We’d like to catch this legislative vehicle,” he said.

McMillin said House Republicans had a veto-sustaining minority last week on the stand-alone unemployment bill.

“He wouldn’t ask folks to walk that plank if he wasn’t serious,” McMillin said of the president.

But McMillin said there was room to negotiate, noting that Bush is open to an unemployment package that targets hard-hit states and includes significant work requirements.

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