Both sides pledge new effort on jobless bill

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WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.

Several officials in both parties said a key sticking point on the politically charged issue centered on a Republican demand to include a provision that would repeal changes in benefits for military retirees that cleared Congress late last year.

‘‘Our side is going to protect the military veterans as hard as we can,’’ said Senator Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada, who earlier had joined with Democratic Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, in proposing a no-strings-attached three-month renewal of benefits for the long-term unemployed. The two men represent states with jobless rates of 9 percent, the nation’s highest.

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