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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

Unemployment Benefits Expire For About 14 Million Americans

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

What Happened:

  • On Sunday, unemployment benefits for about 14 million people expired as President Trump decided to not sign the new $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill that was passed by Congress.

  • Last week, the President asked Congress to make some amendments to the bill before he would be willing to sign it. Namely, to increase the stimulus checks from $600 per person to at least $2000 per person and to “get rid of the pork” and remove what he considers to be excessive spending, particularly the foreign aid included in the bill.

  • On Thursday, House Democrats introduced a measure to raise the stimulus checks to $2000 per person, but it was defeated by House GOP members.

  • House GOP members also introduced a measure on Thursday to cut foreign aid from the bill but it was defeated by House Democrats leading to yet another stalemate in a negotiation that has been ongoing for several months now.

  • Two major unemployment programs lapsed as the deadline expired at midnight on Sunday morning: the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

  • House Democrats plan to introduce a standalone bill on Monday to increase the stimulus payments to $2000 per person, but it is considered unlikely to pass the GOP led Senate which has been wary of more spending.

  • There are more deadlines on the horizon. The government faces a potential shutdown on Monday at midnight as the Covid Relief Bill and massive $1.4 Trillion Government Spending Bill were paired in legislation.

  • The eviction moratorium protecting many Americans from being forced out of their homes also expires on December 31st.

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