Unemployment benefits could be delayed even though Congress returns to work next week. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner said that the extension plan would not work. According to Reuters on Mar. 19, state officials said that he plan is fraught with problems.
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said in a letter that some states may find the plan's verification requirements too costly and onerous and try to opt out of it.
The unemployment benefits bill as it stands would cause even more delays than have already occurred even if it passes. U.S. Senators will discuss a plan to reinstate extended benefits for long-term unemployed workers. $300 per week on average is expected retroactive to Dec. 29, 2013. The bill is expedited to cover the first five months of this calendar year.
Boehner's group has "little interest" in extending unemployment benefits at this time. He feel that a passable bill need to create more jobs in the private sector. The cost of the bill is estimated at $10 billion. Since payments to beneficiaries stopped, unemployed workers also quit filing weekly reports of their activities in many states.
Means testing has been proposed based on tax returns to determine who is eligible for unemployment benefits based upon financial need, but their is currently no access or budget for this data in place.
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