Thousands of Oregonians in limbo as Congress fusses over unemployment benefits

A state Unemployment Department office.

As Congress tussles with the next coronavirus aid plan, more than 130,000 Oregonians are in danger of having their pandemic unemployment benefits interrupted — or even losing the extra $600 per week that Congress approved four months ago.

The acting director of the Oregon Employment Department says unemployed workers would still get all of their money retroactively if they were deemed eligible for benefits as of July 25. The authorization ends Friday, July 31.