President Obama and Speaker Boehner are continuing to negotiate a fiscal cliff package†which may†include an extension of federal unemployment benefits which are scheduled to expire on December 29, 2012 if Congress doesn't renew them. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has outlined four options for continuing federal extended benefits.
Unemployment Extended Benefit Options
Option 2: Partially extend the current EUC program by providing at most 14 extra weeks of benefits for one year.
Option 3: Allow UI recipients to finish receiving up to 14 weeks of EUC benefits, depending on the number of weeks of benefits for which they will qualify at the end of December 2012.
Option 4: Extend the current EB program for one year, maintaining full federal funding and allowing states to more easily qualify for the program.
If you are an unemployed worker your eligibility for extended benefits, if an extension is passed, will depend on where you are in your current claim and what type of extension is passed. You may, or may not, be eligible for continued unemployment benefits.
It's important to check your state unemployment website for details if an extension is passed. The office will have information for current claimants, so you can determine your eligibility for extended benefits.†