More people in Michigan lost their unemployment benefits over the weekend. That's because the U.S. Congress failed to approve an extension of the benefits.
The Congress is scheduled to return tomorrow, and lawmakers are expected to approve the benefits extension after swearing in a replacement for the seat left open by the death of Democratic Senator Robert Byrd.
Karen Holcomb-Merrill is with the Michigan League for Human Services. She says many families are waiting anxiously for tomorrow's vote in the U.S. Senate.
"Yeah, I think people have been literally holding their breath during this time, wondering how they're going to make their mortgage payments, and how they're going to pay their bills, and how they're going to feed their kids. And there's just been a lot of uncertainty around this, and there are a lot of families relying on this money here in Michigan," she says.
About 104,000 people in Michigan are waiting to see if their unemployment benefits will be renewed tomorrow.
Holcomb-Merrill says the loss of unemployment benefits also means a hit to Michigan's economy. She says the state would see a $200 million dollar reduction in consumer spending for every month without an unemployment benefit extension.