Ohio Senators Portman and Brown divided over new coronavirus bill that would pay unemployed $300 a week
WASHINGTON, D. C. – As far as Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is concerned, a coronavirus relief bill that Republicans plan to bring up for a Senate vote on Thursday is dead in the water because it would replace a $600 weekly federal unemployment supplement that expired in July with a $300 weekly payment that expires in December.
“The $600 a week saved millions of Americans from eviction, saved millions of Americans from poverty,” Brown said Wednesday in announcing that he won’t vote for the $500 billion coronavirus relief package that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled this week.
“This doesn’t just help unemployed workers, it helps people in the communities, it helps small businesses. Why McConnell doesn’t care about