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  •  IMPORTANT INFO FOR UNEMPLOYED... (10+ / 0-)

    WA State has issued a notice saying they will continue paying benefits as normal because they expect Congress to pass a bill after the recess. Here's the link...

    http://www.esd.wa.gov/...

    Here's the text from the link...

    Unemployment Benefits News

    Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    On March 10, 2010, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to extend the emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) program through the end of 2010.  This law only extends the dates people can apply for and receive EUC benefits.  It does not add any weeks of benefits.

    On March 17, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the EUC program for an additional 30 days.  This bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.  This bill does not add any weeks of benefits.

    UPDATE: On March 26, 2010, Congress started a two-week recess.  They did not agree to a bill to extend EUC payments.  Because we expect Congress to extend these benefits, we will continue to set-up and pay EUC.

    Both the House and Senate must agree on which version of the bill to pass.  After passage, the President must sign it before it becomes law.
    We will update this site as new information becomes available.

    This is unprecedented. It looks like even the state agencies are sick of changing their computer systems only to have to change them back because of Congressional politics. Never heard of a state "assuming" something before but for the millions of people that would be affected by it, I'm glad they are doing this.

    As I said, this is for WA State. Other states may be doing this as well, but I don't know for sure.

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