NY protesters call for virus benefit extension

6 August 2020
2020-08-06 13:56

Protesters rallied in to New York City's Times Square on Wednesday to demand an extension to unemployment benefits and healthcare for all. They say the weekly $600 jobless benefit provided by the federal government, which lapsed last week, is not enough. Congressional negotiators are locked in talks in Washington on an extension to the COVID-19 response bill.

The protesters are asking government for a permanent solution to help those who have lost their jobs permanently. As the coronavirus continues to transform a vast swath of the economy, it's becoming evident that millions of Americans face the prospect of a permanent job loss that will force some to seek work with new industries or in new occupations.

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