From D.C. to Oregon the Unemployment Extension Causes Controversy

, Written by RaeAnn Christensen, Posted: Tue, January 7 2014 at 5:16 PM, Updated: Tue, January 7 2014 at 6:22 PM

We asked you on our KOBI Facebook if you thought congress should pass the extension.

CT Wallace of Medford chimed in first.

"Let's work so hard to make marijuana legal and then extend unemployment forever! That ought to get this country back on track!"

Jon Summerhays says he has personally been affected "my job was eliminated and now I have a few weeks left on unemployment. Trust me, I would rather be working (the money is better) but so far i have not been able to find work."

Others think there shouldn't be long term unemployment benefits.

Chrissy Rae says "no 6 months is long enough. There are fast food jobs, labor jobs all kinds of jobs actually."

Others propose solutions.

Priscilla Oppenheimer of Ashland says "most of these people are good workers. A lot of them had jobs that were eliminated. On the other hand, a lot of job openings are going unfilled. Employers can't find people. Training is the answer.

No matter what the answer is, the heated debate goes on here in Oregon and Washington, D.C. The senate is expected to formally vote sometime this week.

What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page and on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

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