U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is calling on the House of Representatives to vote this week on legislation that would extend benefits to the long-term unemployed.
The Senate, earlier this week, passed a bill to reauthorize emergency unemployment benefits for five months. Roughly 2.3 million Americans lost the benefits more than 90 days ago upon expiration. The legislation must pass in the House in order to go to President Obama's desk.
Perez, a native of Buffalo and a graduate of Canisius High School, discussed the issue Wednesday with WBFO's Mike Desmond.
WBFO's Mike Desmond in conversation with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez