Update March 12, 2014: Democrats have filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives. If a majority of the Representatives sign it, the House will be forced to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. However, in order to get enough signatures the petition would need Republican support.
There is pending legislation in the Senate to continue federal extended unemployment compensation benefits for the more than 2 million workers who have run out of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013.
S. 2097 (sponsored by Dean Heller (R-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), Dan Coats (R-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Kirk (R-IL)) would extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.
S. 2077, The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014, (sponsored by Jack Reed (D-RI) would provide for a 6 month extension of UI benefits retroactive to December 28.
To date, a vote has not been scheduled on either bill.
Check back frequently for updates. I will post as soon as there is news.
Resources for Unemployed Workers
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Important: Some states have advised claimants to continue filing, others say they will file for you if EUC is extended, and others won't let you file. Your state unemployment office may provide notification saying no further extension benefits can be paid. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a chance of benefits being continued for 2014. Check your State Unemployment Office for details.
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Update March 7, 2014: Republican Senators have introduced legislation (S. 2097) that would extend unemployment insurance benefits for the more than 2 million workers who have run out of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December. If passed, the legislation would extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.
Update March 4, 2014: Legislation which would extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which expired at the end of December, 2013 for six months was filed today. The legislation (S. 2077, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014) is for a 6 month retroactive extension that would restore unemployment benefits for the 2 million unemployed workers who have run out. News reports indicate there may be a vote next week.
Update February 27, 2014: News reports indicate that Senator Harry Reid is working on legislation that would provide for a six month retroactive extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December. However, the Senate has adjourned until Monday, March 3 at 2 pm, so the earliest possible action will be next week.
Update February 12, 2014: Legislation to renew expired Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) was voted down in the Senate last week. Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the Democrats would continue pushing to extend the benefits, and it will be voted on again: "When the Senate returns, we will revisit the issue of extending unemployment insurance benefits. I want to be absolutely clear: This issue is not going away. We are one Republican vote away from restoring this lifeline." The Senate will be back in session on February 24th.
Update January 29, 2014: Democrats are continuing to call for a renewal of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which expired at the end of last year. Senator Sander Levin (D-MI) said "The President spoke forcefully of the value of the 1.6 million unemployed millions whose insurance has been cut off and the urgent need for Congress to re-start the federal unemployment insurance program that is a vital lifeline during their job search."
Update January 28, 2014: President Obama's State of the Union address discussed renewing expired He said "I'm also convinced we can help Americans return to the workforce faster by reforming unemployment insurance so that it's more effective in today's economy. But first, this Congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people."
Update January 23, 2014: Legislation to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December 2013 has been voted down in the Senate. A motion to reconsider was approved.
In addition, the Responsible Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014, S. 1931, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dan Coats (R-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and John Hoeven (R-ND). This legislation would pay for an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for three months. The bill also repeals recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December's budget agreement.
Update January 13, 2014: A vote on legislation to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December 2013, has been delayed until tomorrow. Negotiations are continuing, so hopefully legislation will be passed in the Senate tomorrow. If approved, it will then go to the House for a vote there.
From a news release from Senator Dean Heller: "We continue to negotiate in good faith, and we are all encouraged that we are making progress on a package that could pass with bipartisan support. The proposal includes (1) a three-month extension of the temporary federal long-term unemployment insurance program; (2) a repeal of the recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December's budget agreement; and (3) offsets to pay for the unemployment extension and restoring military retiree benefits within the budget window."
Update January 9, 2014: A Senate vote on extending expired unemployment benefits has been postponed until Monday, January 13. News reports indicate that the legislation could contain a 9 month extension of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) through November 15, 2014. However, what is included in the legislation could change. Reuters reported that "Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, one of the negotiators, late on Thursday declared on the Senate floor that "We are still trying to find a bipartisan approach" that can pass the Senate and House of Representatives."
Important: Unemployment benefits vary from state to state, so check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.