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Wyden To McConnell: Senate GOP Needs To Come Back And Revive Unemployment Benefits

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Congress has adjourned for the weekend, without resolving the issue of “supercharged” unemployment benefits.  The weekly $600 in federal aid for jobless Americans expired Friday (7/31), after the U.S. Senate failed to reach a deal. 

In a call with reporters, Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden pointed out that the Gross Domestic Product fell by 33% in the second quarter…and over 20 million people are unemployed.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, at KLCC in July 2019.

“And when you have a national economy in freefall, you don’t take away arguably the best tool to keep the economy afloat.”

Wyden said he wants Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to talk to working class Americans this weekend, and come back Monday to negotiate an agreement. 

Republicans themselves are divided, with some saying Congress has already done enough.  Others want to renew the benefits but at a reduced amount.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ 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 (22 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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