December 13, 2013: A budget agreement has been reached in Congress. It does not include an extension of federal extended unemployment benefits. However, news reports indicate that Congressional Democrats continue to work on legislation which would renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014.
If you are unemployed and collecting benefits continue to file because this may not be resolved before the current legislation expires, and an extension could be passed retroactively. Also, here are sources of assistance for unemployed workers who have run out or will run out of benefits.
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December 8, 2013: According to news reports, Congress is working on a deal that would either pass a short-term spending bill or approve a budget prior to the holiday recess. Democrats are pushing for an unemployment extension as part of that legislation. However, there is still no definitive news on whether an extension will be passed, and if it is, what it will include.
In addition, the White House issued a NEW REPORT: The Economic Benefits Of Extending Unemployment Insurance, which states "that allowing EUC to expire would be harmful to millions of workers and their families, counterproductive to the economic recovery, and unprecedented in the context of previous extensions to earlier unemployment insurance programs."
November 29, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have proposed legislation which would renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) and Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced identical bills in the House and Senate:
H.R. 3546: To provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
S. 1747: A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
If passed, the legislation would extend the current program that offers extra benefits to the long-term unemployed for an additional year. The White House supports the extension, however, as in past years, there is Republican opposition.
Without an extension, the only unemployment compensation in place for next year would be state unemployment benefits which are a maximum of 26 weeks, less in some states. In addition, unemployed workers collected long-term extended benefits would be abruptly cut-off at the end of 2013.
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