Nearly 11 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits in nearly two months without an additional coronavirus relief package, according to an analysis published on Wednesday. Still, Democrats appear ready to pass the $ 1.9 trillion relief package President Joe Biden proposed last month in a few weeks.
December’s $ 900 billion package eventually expanded two temporary federal programs – Epidemic Unemployment Assistance and Epidemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – which were due to expire the day after Christmas.
Now, these programs that support the long-term unemployed and others such as self-employed and temporary workers have been extended until March 14, and workers who have not exhausted their benefits allowances by that date can continue to collect benefits until April 11. According to the analysis, this number is 1.5 million more workers than what was expected to lose unemployment benefits in December.
Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal would extend and boost unemployment benefits. The aid will run through August 29 and include a $ 400 weekly increase in benefits, up from the current $ 300, according to a proposal released Monday by House Democrats, the Democrats aim to push the legislation without the Republican vote using a budget measure called reconciliation.