Oklahoma (Paul Monies-Newsok) – About 7,000 Oklahomans could lose extended federal unemployment benefits if Congress doesn’t renew the program by the end of the year, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Tuesday.
Renewal of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is among several choices facing Congress in negotiations on the “fiscal cliff,” the catchall term for a package of tax increases and spending cuts that take effect at the end of the year.
“This all depends on Congress,” said John Carpenter, commission spokesman. “It’s based on legislation that’s getting ready to expire. Nobody can do anything until they act.”