Senators seek ways to extend unemployment

Portsmouth Daily Times

According to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), 426 Scioto County residents have exhausted their unemployment insurance as of the end of December.

That’s why following Tuesday’s vote that began Senate debate on a bill to renew unemployment insurance, Brown urged Congress to come together and pass legislation to extend the unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans, including 128,000 Ohioans who will be affected by the end of the year without a renewal. Brown discussed the importance of renewing unemployment insurance, which would save jobs and provide economic certainty for Ohio’s middle class in the New Year.

“The Senate came together on one of the coldest days of the year to take the first step toward ensuring that unemployed Americans aren’t left out in the cold,” Brown said. “We must continue to fight 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 save Americans 240,000 jobs this year and help 1.3 million hard working Americans, including more than 128,000 Ohioans, pay the bills, heat their homes, and put food on the table while they search for new jobs.”

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