Lawmakers changing extra $600 unemployment benefit, set to expire July 25
47 ABC – An extra unemployment benefit is set to expire at the end of the month and now federal lawmakers are trying to decide what comes next.
Currently, millions of unemployed Americans are getting an extra six hundred dollars a week through the CARES Act but that federal benefit is expiring on July 25th. United States Senator Tom Carper tells 47 ABC one of the concerns is that states are running low on unemployment funds. He says lawmakers are working to figure out how to support people who no longer have a job while also being the backbone for states.
“We’re not going to leave it at six hundred dollars a week for everyone across the country who is on unemployment insurance. But let’s figure out which states are most hard hit, where the unemployment is the highest and make sure they get some additional help from the federal government on unemployment insurance as well as their own states unemployment insurance fund,” says Carper.
On the small business side of things, Carper tells 47 ABC 12-thousand Delaware businesses have applied for payroll protection grants. He believes the best way to help the current economic situation is by prioritizing financial help for families and small businesses.