Rope. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., demands that the pandemic unemployment insurance program be extended until February 2022, she announced during a virtual town hall tuesday.
The congresswoman said she would introduce a bill to extend federal unemployment programs established under the CARES Act of March 2020, which expired during Labor Day. If approved, the improved unemployment benefit would be retroactive to 6 September and extended to 1 February 2022.
Millions of Americans and their families lost their access to pandemic user interface program this month that provided assistance to unemployed freelancers, gamblers, caregivers and the long-term unemployed. All remaining workers who collect unemployment benefits also lost the $ 300 weekly booster created to supplement low state aid.
“I have been very disappointed on both sides of the aisle that we have simply let pandemic unemployment benefits completely lapse when we are clearly not fully recovered from the consequences of the pandemic,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
While adding that she is not sure the possibilities that the legislation will be adopted, Ocasio-Cortez said she “simply could not let this happen without at least trying” to extend unemployment benefits.
Many GOP legislators and entrepreneurs have blamed the weekly booster, which in some cases pays recipients more in benefits than their previous salaries, for not discouraging people from taking new jobs, even if number of openings has exceeded the number of people looking for work in recent months.
Several studies has shown that unemployment benefits have had a minimal impact on employment, and that concerns about the virus and ongoing challenges for childcare are still important issues for workers evaluating their job opportunities in the midst of the health crisis.
The the majority of workers who received pandemic assistance do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits from their state. Advocates have emphasized that workers supported by expired pandemic programs are also disproportionately black, Hispanic, Asian, women and low-income.
Democrats in Congress debated whether to extend the benefits but ultimately chose not to do so.
The Biden administration said earlier that it was “appropriate” for the termination of federal emergency programs. But The Washington Post reported In early September, days before the program interruption, senior officials in several parts of the government “made it clear that they believe the benefit cut poses a serious danger to millions of Americans who are unemployed.”
In August, the Biden administration urged states to use coronavirus emergencies to provide additional benefits to millions across the country who are still unemployed. But many government work departments confirmed that they do not intend to extend or provide additional benefits on its own.