Top Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday to retroactively extend the $600 weekly federal boost to unemployment insurance benefits through October 2021.

The bill, the American Worker Holiday Relief Actwas introduced by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Senate Finance Committee Member Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

“Unless Congress acts, these benefits will expire at the end of the year, just like the additional $600 in unemployment Republicans let expire over the summer.  These benefits have kept millions of Americans out of poverty and prevented the bottom from falling out of our economy,” Brown said.

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