After months of congressional disagreement and a last-minute veto threat from President Donald Trump, the federal government passed a new COVID-19 relief bill in late December. There was concern that the bill’s late passage would cause as many as 70,000 Oregonians to see a lapse in benefit payments for the end of December. But the U.S. Department of Labor and Sen. Ron Wyden said benefits won’t lapse after all. We talk with David Gerstenfeld, interim director of the Oregon Employment Department, about when the new relief money will reach Oregonians.

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