On Thursday, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Senators Jack Reed and Jeanne Shaheen introduced a comprehensive proposal to extend unemployment insurance up to an additional 14 weeks for the jobless in all 50 states. Right now, two million out-of-work Americans are facing the expiration of benefits by the end of the year.
The legislation will also extend benefits for an additional six weeks in states with unemployment levels over 8.5 percent.
This bill would also update the Unemployment Insurance Modernization provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to allow victims off sexual assault who have left their job to be eligible for benefits under the “compelling family reasons” cause. Additionally, the legislation specifies railroad workers facing expiring unemployment benefits would be eligible for additional weeks.
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