Group rallies for unemployment benefits extension at Congressman Huizenga's office

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 22:18:42-04

GREENVILLE, Mich. — Demonstrators called for lawmakers to extend the $600 per week in unemployment benefits during a rally in front of Congressman Bill Huizenga's office in Greenville on Thursday.

The benefits are set to end at the end of the month despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact – unless Congress passes the HEROES Act, which extends the payments.

The rally was organized by two groups: a union that represents theater and stage workers and Michigan United.

“We’re some of the hardest hit industries, as concerts and plays are going to be the last thing back,” said Josh Roskamp, one of the demonstrators.

Some lawmakers say they’re hearing the opposite from some constituents who are concerned that extending the weekly payments will incentivize people to avoid returning to work.