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Letter

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

Current cosponsors (26): Blumenauer, Boyle, Brownley, Castro, Chu, Cohen, Fudge, Garcia (IL), Horsford, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Larson, Lawrence, Lowenthal, Maloney (Sean), Moore, Norton, Pressley, Rouda, Ryan, Sanchez, Schakowsky, Soto, Speier,
Thompson (MS) and Tlaib.

Dear Colleague,

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 modified provisions from the House Democrats’ H.R. 6379, Take Responsibility
for Workers and Families Act,
 that were stripped out by the Senate Republicans.

This bill would make five 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 to determine eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP. However, these UI benefits could impact an individual’s eligibility for other means-tested programs such as SNAP,
TANF, and WIC. This bill would exempt Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits from all means-tested programs.

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

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

  1. Extend $600 Federal Benefit through December 31, 2020 with a “Soft Cutoff”

Under the CARES Act, the $600 federal benefit is available through July 31, 2020. This means that depending on when an individual applies for UI, they may not be able to collect their benefits for the full length of time
they are eligible (state-specific number of weeks—which varies by state, but is generally up to 26 weeks—plus the federal 13-week extension).
This bill would allow the $600 federal benefit to run through December 31, 2020, with a “soft cutoff,” so that people who were getting benefits as of December 31 could finish receiving their full benefits, as long as those benefits end by June 30, 2021.

  1. Provide $600 Federal Benefit to Individuals with Reduced Hours

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.
This bill would codify into law the current DOL guidance to provide a $600 per week federal supplement to individuals in work sharing UI programs.

  1. Expand Eligibility for $600 Federal Benefit for Recent Graduates and Students.

This bill would expand eligibility for the $600 per week federal benefit to individuals without sufficient work history, regardless of whether the individual has a recent attachment to the labor force. This will
encompass students and recent graduates without the necessary work experience to demonstrate recent attachment to the labor force who cannot find employment under the current economy but are otherwise ready and able to work absent the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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Selected legislative information: Education, Labor, Social Security

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