Update May 28, 2014: To date, there has been no new action in Congress to renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December, 2013. Currently, the only unemployment benefits available are state unemployment insurance benefits which provide up to a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment compensation.
The Senate passed legislation in April, however that jobless benefits included in that legislation expired at the end of May. The House has not considered legislation to renew extended benefits.
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Update May 12, 2014: New legislation (H.R. 4550) has been introduced in the House by Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick which would extend expired Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December. It would also add six new jobs bills to the legislation passed by the Senate on April 7. However, the bill would need to pass both the House and Senate in order to be approved.
To date, there is no news of a vote being scheduled on legislation to renew federal jobless benefits. The House is not in session in Washington, DC this week so the earliest there would be action would be next week.
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Update May 3, 2014: There has been no further action, to date, on legislation to renew federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013. Legislation was passed in the Senate prior to recess, and it is pending in the House. There is also is no news on when or if there will be a House vote.
Update April 14, 2014: The Senate has passed legislation (HR 3979) to renew federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013. The agreement would provide for a 5 month extension of federal jobless benefits retroactive to December 28.
In addition, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) introduced a House companion bill (H.R.4415) which is identical to the Senate legislation in the hopes of expediting a vote. there are also reports of tying the extension to a jobs bill, which would help in getting it passed. However, the House has adjourned until Monday April 28, 2014, so there will be no action on renewing EUC until after recess.
Please note that the legislation simply extends the federal EUC benefits that were in place last year through May 31, 2014. Unemployed workers whose EUC benefits were cut off on December 28 and those who have lost state benefits since then will be eligible if it's passed. It does not provide any extra tiers of benefits or provide benefits for those who had already run out of unemployment. If passed, it would end EUC on May 31.
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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 29, 2014: The Senate voted (65 - 34) on Thursday to move legislation to restore federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013 forward. The agreement would provide for a 5 month extension retroactive to December 28 and has bipartisan support - 10 Republican Senators voted for the legislation.
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. An absolute majority (218 signatures) is required for a vote. Here's a current tally of the signatures.
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.
Update March 21, 2104: The Senate will be working on legislation to renew unemployment next week. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) said this week "Since December, Senator Reed and I have been working to get these vital benefits to the millions of unemployed Americans who need them. It is extremely disappointing that, no matter what solution is reached, there is some excuse to deny these much-needed benefits. I look forward to passing this proposal out of the Senate next week, and stand ready to help the Speaker, as well as any organization or any individual necessary, in order to make this extension a reality."
Update March 17, 2014: Both the Senate and the House are recessed until Monday, March 24th. So, there will be no Congressional action on renewing unemployment benefits until they return.
Update March 13, 2014: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has announced a bipartisan agreement to renew federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28, 2013. The agreement would provide for a 5 month extension retroactive to December 28. The proposal is fully funded. It would eliminate unemployment benefits to individuals earning more than $1 million in the preceding year. It also includes provisions that would provided enhanced, personalized assessments and referral to unemployment services.
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.
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.
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