Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following statement in support of the motion to proceed to S. 1845 – the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill:

"As Congress considers extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits again, my focus will continue to be on how to get Ohioans back to work by improving the economy and creating the opportunity for more people to find a job.  I voted to proceed with the debate over how to address unemployment insurance with the hope that during the debate the Senate will agree to pay for the extension and work to improve the unemployment insurance program so it works better to connect those unemployed with available jobs.  Not paying for the extension adds to the nation's historic debt, causing more uncertainty for the economy and making it harder to create jobs.  We must also include reforms that help equip the unemployed with the skills they need to access jobs currently available, through worker retraining reforms like those in the bipartisan CAREER Act I have introduced with Senator Michael Bennet.”