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Ocasio-Cortez, Bush Lead Bid for Expanded Unemployment Aid

  • Group urges broader coverage, federally set term for benefits
  • Pandemic-related expansion of jobless aid ended on Sept. 6
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WATCH: President Joe Biden put pressure on Congress to pass the $3.5 trillion spending bill.(Source: Bloomberg)

Progressive Representatives Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are leading a group of House Democrats in pressuring party leadership to include an expansion of unemployment aid in the $3.5 trillion tax and spending package being drawn up in Congress. 

“The current state of the unemployment system is a threat to all communities, especially Black and brown communities, in many of the states we represent,” 13 lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “We strongly urge Congress to include such improvements before the Build Back Better Act comes for a vote in the House and Senate.”