Featured photo: Congressman Danny K. Davis, who is the U.S Representative from Illonois’s 7th congressional district, is one of many who spoke urging the president and Senate republicans to take swift action to preserve the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.
On July 24, the Unemployment Insurance Agency provided information to Michigan workers on the expiration of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) program, which has been providing an additional $600 benefit each week to those receiving unemployment benefits. Michigan’s weekly unemployment benefit of up to $362 will continue for those eligible for state benefits and newly eligible under the CARES Act, which includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Eligible claimants should continue to certify as scheduled.
Unless Congress acts, the PUC program will end on July 25 as states do not have the ability to extend the program. It is unclear at this time whether Congress will act to extend, reduce or eliminate the PUC program. The UIA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
The federally funded PUC benefits have been paid to claimants in addition to regular unemployment benefits since the week ending April 4, providing vitally needed emergency support to help families impacted by COVID-19 pay their mortgage, put food on the table and support businesses in their community. More than $13.4 billion in PUC has been paid to Michigan workers to date.
“While we continue to make progress in processing claims with nearly 98% paid, we know that the continued economic hardship caused by COVID-19 and ending of the additional $600 in federal benefits will cause many to worry about their future,” said UIA Director Steve Gray. “We remain committed to providing emergency financial assistance to Michigan workers whose jobs were affected by this pandemic and those impacted are encouraged to utilize the many resources the state of Michigan has to offer.”
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (MA-01) and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07) held a press conference on July 24 on Capitol Hill to discuss the need to extend enhanced federal unemployment insurance in an effort to urge the president and Senate republicans to take swift action in this matter. The press conference can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/NancyPelosi/videos/311390659985447/.