U.S. Senators Blumenthal, Murphy call on lawmakers to pass an extension for unemployment checks amid pandemic


(WTNH) — U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are calling on lawmakers to pass an extension for people relying on unemployment checks to get by.

A $600 federal unemployment bonus expires July 31. That enhancement was originally approved by lawmakers in response to the pandemic.

Senators Blumenthal and Murphy were at the Colt Building in Hartford Friday morning calling on their colleagues to immediately extend those benefits.

In May, the House passed the HEROES Act, which would extend benefits through January 2021.

“We are in the midst of historic economic collapse. The economy has contracted in a rate at one third just in the last three months,” Senator Blumenthal said. “It’s devastating to our economic position in the world. It’s destructive to the lives on individuals.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to put the measure up for a vote in the Senate.

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