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Rep. DeFazio Urges Unemployed Oregonians To Review State Info

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Brian Bull
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KLCC

While the coronavirus stimulus package will alleviate the burden for many Americans affected by the pandemic, an Oregon Congressman fears there’s confusion that could cause delays.

Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio says the state employment department has an informative video for unemployed Oregonians that should be watched first before filing a claim. 

“Because a lot of people are checking the wrong box, which is saying they’re not actively looking for work because they’re ‘home under an emergency’," DeFazio tells KLCC. 

"That’s not the right box to check. And that will delay their benefits, it’ll require an interchange between them and the state.”

DeFazio adds there’s also some confusion because of the extent of jobs being covered in this package.

“We have extended unemployment benefits to people who are self-employed, gig workers, and others who aren’t normally covered. So we need to get that word out.”

DeFazio invites constituents to visit his official website for more information.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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