I'm in Washington State, and they advise me to continue filing my claims in case the passed stimulus bill makes it into law. Here is what they sent me:
Employment Security Department
Movement on new federal stimulus package has paused
A new stimulus package with changes and extensions for unemployment benefits passed Congress on Dec. 21. However, it has not yet been signed into law.
Sat. Dec. 26 is the latest it can be signed into law without affecting two benefit programs.
If the bill doesnt become law on or before Saturday Dec. 26, Employment Security Department wont be able to issue benefits for two federal programs the claim week ending Jan. 2:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Once the bill is signed, we'll send another update with more info about availability of benefits.
If youre receiving PUA or PEUC benefits, keep filing your weekly claims.
The Employment Security Department continues preparing to implement these changes as quickly and smoothly as possible once they become law. Were also tracking developments closely and sharing updates on our website and social media as they become available.
Continue filing weekly claims - even if you've exhausted your claim.
Watch for updates on esd.wa.gov/covid and messages in eServices.
Avoid calling the unemployment claims center with questions - call volume remains high
If you absolutely must call the claims center about another issue, we encourage calling in the afternoon to avoid early hours when our call volume is highest.
When we have specific information about next steps for our customers, well be communicating directly via email and eServices.
If you are facing the loss of your unemployment benefits, please check with your state authorities to make sure you keep your claim up to date in case we do get some help. Hope this helps, and Happy Holidays to you all. I love you, DU! Hang in there.
She will comment on the just-passed stimulus bill. Link to stream:
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