Following President Obama’s State of the Union call to extend unemployment insurance, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urged Congress to come together to pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act.

Brown’s legislation would extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits for more than 128,000 Ohioans who will be affected by the end of the year without a renewal. Brown also released county-by-county data on the number of Ohioans who immediately lost their benefits after 2013.

“Congress must come together to strengthen the middle class and ensure that every Ohioan has the opportunity to be a part of it,” Brown said. “We can help achieve this by fighting for those who are still struggling after the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. At a time when our economy is still recovering, extending emergency unemployment insurance would help 128,000 hardworking Ohioans pay the bills, heat their homes, and put food on the table while they search for new jobs.”

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