Lawmakers want to extend unemployment benefits


Senators Diane Rosenbaum and Brian Boquist have teamed up to sponsor two bills that would extend unemployment benefits for between 20 and 26 weeks.

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Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum and Dallas Republican Sen. Brian Boquist have teamed up to sponsor two bills that would extend unemployment benefits for between 20 and 26 weeks.

The first, Senate Bill 637, taps into a federal emergency fund that would give Oregon $225 million for workers who have been out of work since 2009 and have exhausted all other benefits. About 50,000 residents would be eligible for those benefits, Rosenbaum said, at no cost to the state treasury.

On top of that, Senate Bill 638 would tack on another six weeks of benefits to those out of work since 2008, for a combined extension of about six months. That gives a bit more breathing room for the economy to continue its recovery and people to pin down a job, Rosenbaum said.

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