Congress steps in to keep jobless benefits flowing into March

180 residents of Malheur County stood to lose benefits if the stimulus hadn't passed. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Unemployed workers in Malheur County will see continued state benefits through March after recent action by Congress.

Politics in Washington, D.C., had put the weekly unemployment checks at risk for those who have been out of work for months.

Normally, an Oregonian can receive unemployment benefits for no more than 26 weeks. Federal CARES Act legislation approved earlier this year extended that by 13 weeks, until Christmas.

Another federal program lasting until Christmas made it possible for self-employed workers, who normally don’t have unemployment insurance benefits, to collect payment, also for up to 39 weeks. A third program allotted an extra $600 per week to all workers receiving any sort of benefit from . . .