Members of the Northern Valley Labor Council will hold a rally in front of the Federal Building, downtown in Grand Forks, on Wednesday, July 29.

Leadership of the NVLC, AFL-CIO are holding the rally, set for 4 p.m., to call on Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, to support the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion economic stimulus bill. The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-May and would continue the recently expired $600 extra benefit in unemployment -- a sticking point in negotiations between the House and Senate.

“That $600 a week is what's key to millions and millions of Americans to be able to pay their rent and buy food,” said Mark Froemke, president of the NVLC, AFL-CIO. “And also, in some cases, to pay for their health care, because there's 27 million Americans that, as we speak, no longer have health care.”

The Senate’s version of the bill, the HEALS Act, would provide $1 trillion in economic stimulus, and includes, among other programs, agricultural assistance, a second round of stimulus payments to individuals and families, and another round of the Paycheck Protection Program. The expanded unemployment benefit in that act has been dropped to $200 per week, on top of state benefits, through the end of September.

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