Reported by Matt Long, SCRN
Congress on Thursday was unable to break a filibuster on a bill that would have, among other things, extended benefits for those who are currently going through long-term unemployment.
At issue is the Extended Unemployment Compensation program, which was created in 2008 and consists of four different tiers. The first tier begins when a person’s jobless benefits run out after 26 weeks. After 14 weeks, a person moves to Tier Two and another 13 weeks gets them to Tier Three.
People in hard-hit states like South Carolina are able to get a fourth tier as well. However, the extension was not renewed and states are no longer receiving funding for those benefits.
The state Department of Employment and Workforce says any person currently receiving benefits through the program would be allowed to finish their current period of benefits. For example, someone on Tier One would be able to receive all 14 weeks.