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Wyden Aims to Use Budget Bill to Mandate 26 Weeks of Jobless Aid

Sept. 20, 2021, 11:04 PM

Unemployment benefits would be available for at least 26 weeks in all states and be more accessible to part-time and young workers under proposals that Sen. Ron Wyden aims to include in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

The Oregon Democrat said Monday he plans to use his position as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to push for permanent changes to make the unemployment insurance system more generous—albeit a scaled-back version of the unemployment overhaul that he proposed in draft legislation in April.

Wyden told a virtual meeting of activists affiliated with the Center for Popular Democracy that he’s ...

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