Ohio’s U.S. Senators speak out on stalled unemployment benefits extension

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Ohio’s U.S. Senators speak out on stalled unemployment benefits extension

WKYC – For weeks, Congress has failed to extend federal unemployment benefits. Lawmakers have extended the benefits several times already, due to the economy. This latest extension already passed in the House but has been stalled in the Senate.

Fiscal conservatives don't want the measure adding to the federal deficit. But Democratic leaders say it's necessary emergency spending.

Ohio's Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told fellow Senators that "more than 57,000 Ohioans — about the size of Elyria, Ohio or Mansfield, Ohio or twice the size of Zanesville — more than 57,000 Ohioans are estimated to have lost unemployment benefits since the extension ended in May, a month ago."

"If the Senate does not pass an extension, that number will increase dramatically. More than 90,000 Ohioans could lose their benefits by the end of June. That is more people than live in Youngstown, more people than live in Springfield, more people than live in Cleveland Heights or Lakewood."

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