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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Daniel T. Kildee
Sent By:
Jordan.Dickinson@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

Current cosponsors (16): Blumenauer, Castro, Fudge, Garcia (IL), Huffman, Jackson Lee, Larson, Lowenthal, Sean Patrick Maloney, Moore, Norton, Rouda, Ryan, Soto, Speier, Thompson (MS). 

Please join as a cosponsor of the Strengthening UI for Coronavirus Impacted Workers and Students Act.
This bill would strengthen the CARES Act by including four provisions that were included in the House Democrats’ H.R. 6379, Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, but were stripped out by the Senate Republicans.

This bill would make four key changes to the UI provisions and strengthen the
CARES Act
:

  1. Exemption for All Means-Tested Programs

Under the CARES Act, UI benefits are not counted as income for the purposes of determining eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, these UI benefits could impact an individual’s
eligibility for other means-tested programs such as federally assisted housing benefits (Section 8), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Women, Infants,
and Children (WIC). Our bill would exempt Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits from all means-tested programs.

  1. Make the $600 Federal Benefit Retroactive to Disaster Declaration

The CARES Act established a $600 per week benefit available through the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. This benefit is available to individuals beginning on the date their state entered into an agreement
with the U.S. Department of Labor to enroll in the federal program. This provision would make the $600 per week benefit retroactive to the date President Trump declared a national emergency, March 13, 2020.

  1. Provide $300 per Week Supplement for Individuals Working Part-Time

Short-Time Compensation or “work-sharing” programs allow employers to voluntarily make an agreement with the state unemployment office to prevent layoffs by reducing employee hours. Workers with reduced hours whose employers establish
work-sharing programs are eligible for partial state UI benefits. Under the
CARES Act
, individuals in work-sharing programs are not eligible for any federal benefit.
This provision would provide a $300 per week federal supplement to individuals in work-sharing UI programs.

  1. Provide $300 per Week for Students and Recent Graduates

While the CARES Act significantly extended UI eligibility and benefits, that extension did not include newer job entrants. Job entrants would include students, recent graduates, or other individuals without the necessary
work experience to qualify for UI, but who are otherwise ready and able to work absent the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the current economy, with many businesses shut down and hiring freezes, there are fewer job opportunities for these job entrants.
This provision would provide a $300 per week federal benefit to job entrants.

To sign on or for additional questions, please contact Jordan Dickinson (Jordan.Dickinson@mail.house.gov or 810-252-1029) in my office.

DAN KILDEE

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