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House, Senate at odds over unemployment extension

Updated : February 5th, 2021

The US Senate passed a bill with overwhelming support from senators of both parties and the backing of Obama which had a provision for extended unemployment benefits for two months in 2012. This means the federal extended unemployment benefits will continue to be paid for even those nearing the end of the maximum 99 weeks.

As stated by National Employment Law Project (NELP) paper, nearly seven million Americans who are sustained by government unemployment checks are at risk. For these people, their benefits are set to expire in 2012 unless a unemployment benefits extension law is passed. About two million people will lose their benefit checks in January and another 4 million over the remainder of 2012. These checks average about $300 per week which is only 50 percent of money required to cover the basic necessities of food, housing and transportation in the US as per the annual Consumer Expenditure Survey.

As per a statement in The Hill News newspaper, the possibility of the two month of extension may not be the best holiday present but it gets the jobless through the first part of the year for those who are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Republican and Democratic senators could not agree on a yearlong deal for 2012 and have opted for the two-month extension. The bill still needs to be affirmed by the House of Representatives and acknowledged by President Barack Obama.

According to a statement by White House communications director Pfeiffer, Obama would approve the extension into law if it reaches him but it’s not clear whether the Republican-led House will pass it next week. However, as per Kevin Smith, a representative of Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, they have not signed off on anything and are yet to take decisions after talking to their members.

Congress must make a decision early 2011 what it wants to do after February once the two month extension passes. The Democrats wish for a maximum of 73 weeks of benefits extension while the Republicans desire fewer.

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  1. If I’m laid off and I go back to work for three or four weeks and get laid off again do I have to do the one week waiting period before I can collect again?

  2. I was informed by the automated phone system that my claim for last week 06/12/2021 was not processed due to an outstanding issue on said claim. I have tried for four days to reach a human to assist me in this matter. It’s been impossible! Please help.

    1. Anne,

      Wish we could do something for you. This is a private forum. Please continue following up regularly. You can perhaps write them an email.

  3. I am trying to request payments from aug 2015 up until 2017 I never received a debit card and just assumed that I was denied. So i did not request payment but would like to now

    1. Katrina,

      That period is past and you might not be able to claim retroactively. Please write the office an email if you wish to.

  4. Ive provided documents that were needed and i have not receive any type of response i have went without benefits for 6 weeks could someone please contact me

    1. Sondra,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please follow up with the office directly.

  5. To whom it may concern, Please what is wrong with the site to claim weeks? I am at the Career Source and they said it has been acting up for 2 days. I am frustrated so I can imagine how many others are like me. I was laid off 4/16/2021. My UI is showing active but still under review. Is there anything you need from me to get this going? I will give it to you. Please July rent coming up. I am tapped from asking from family to get me thru now. Please please please any answers for me? I am begging right now. I can not be late on rent or they will not renew my lease when it is time. I can not move, to costly. I have been here for 20 years. Please any suggestions. I will pay back July rent if my UI goes thru. No reason why it shouldn’t. Please help. Thanks again, Kay

    1. Kay,

      It must be a tough time for you. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please chase the Office directly.

  6. I just filed for my first weeks benefit and am trying to change the payment method. It does not give me the verify who you are questions?

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