NEW YORK – New York’s senior Senator is calling on Congress to pass a new round of jobless benefits before it’s too late.
Senator Chuck Schumer says new federal labor numbers show more than 13-million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits through Cares Act programs, but those funds will expire the day after Christmas.
He explains rising COVID-19 infections are likely to hurt hiring, putting more families in peril.
“So many millions have been thrown out of work through no fault of their own,” said Schumer on Sunday. “They’ve been living not luxuriously, and on less salary, than they usually get through the pandemic unemployment insurance that we passed.”
As of Friday, Majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had resumed negotiations for economic relief.