Unemployment Extension Passed -- But When Do Those Checks Start Going Out?
Surge Desk has the rundown on what happens next as the unemployment extension goes into effect.
When will the checks be sent out?
State unemployment offices are aware that many people are counting on unemployment checks to arrive as quickly as possible and, having anticipated that bill would eventually pass, are prepared to begin sending out checks immediately. But that said, staffers in those offices are swamped thanks to the high unemployment rate and the previous benefits extensions, meaning that some delays are to be expected.
What about the time that was missed between extensions?
The new bill is retroactive, meaning that Americans who qualify (those who've exhausted their 28 weeks of state unemployment checks, but have not yet reached the 99-week cutoff for federal aid) will retroactively receive benefits accounting for those missed since June 2, when the previous package expired. This amounts to seven weeks of accumulated benefits totaling approximately $10 billion, though the amount individual beneficiaries will receive will of course vary and potentially be affected by any temporary work done during the intervening period.
Does this settle the debate over unemployment extensions?
Although this bill passed, the debate is certainly not over. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has already indicated that President Obama will push for an additional unemployment extension when the current one expires in November. Not to mention, with Democrats arguing that the emergency relief is necessary regardless of the deficit and Republican opposition insisting the contrary, this issue is sure to re-emerge as a defining point of contention during the November midterm elections.