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Oregon prepares for next federal government shutdown

Oregon's Senate president has prepared a bill that will allow federal employees who are working but not being paid to receive unemployment benefits.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 6:46 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 6:47 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Anticipating possible additional federal government shutdowns, Oregon's Senate president has prepared a bill that will allow federal employees who are working but not being paid to receive unemployment benefits.

The draft of the bill also would allow a state-funded program to pay unemployment benefits to active duty U.S. Coast Guard personnel stationed in Oregon who are legally compelled to provide regular service without compensation during a shutdown.

Lisa Taylor, spokeswoman for Senate President Peter Courtney, said the bill is expected to get its first reading in the Senate Tuesday.

House Speaker Tina Courtney said she hopes the bill gets bipartisan support and that it passes before the agreement by President Donald Trump to end the shutdown expires Feb. 15.

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