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Budget deal could cut unemployment to 40,000 Ohioans
Sen. Sherrod Brown says emergency unemployment program should be renewed

Ohio's U.s. Sen. Sherrod Brown says emergency unemployment program should be renewed
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Congress is on its way to a budget deal — a couple weeks ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline. But the deal does not include extending emergency unemployment benefits. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO's Lewis Wallace reports that 40,000 Ohioans could see their payments end this month.
Budget deal could cut unemployment to 40,000 Ohioans

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Congress put together the emergency unemployment program early into the Great Recession to help out people who are unemployed long term.

Basically, when state unemployment expires, this federal program swoops in with up to 14 extra weeks of help.

The program was last renewed in 2012, and Ohio's Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is one of the people calling for another renewal as soon as possible.

“We know that unemployment insurance has a real ripple effect in the economy, that people who receive unemployment benefits, which they’ve earned, are spending that money in the hardware store in Springfield and the grocery store in Huber Heights and the auto body shop in Dayton, and that money circulates and creates other economic activity and creates jobs.”

But Democratic negotiators in Congress agreed to keep this unemployment extension off the table — in order to get a budget deal on the table.

As it stands, about 1.3 million people across the country could get cut off at the end of the month.
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this Congress is more concerned with politics than with people's lives-the one's who are paying their salary!!!! They MUST extend the the unemployment benefits NOW. Stop politicking. Do what's right. It's a no-brainer!!!!!

Posted by: HelenAnne Miles (Ft Lauderdale) on December 12, 2013 9:12AM
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