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Monday, December 30, 2013

Unemployment Insurance: Legislative Issues in the 113th Congress - R42936

Julie M. Whittaker
Specialist in Income Security

Katelin P. Isaacs
Analyst in Income Security

The 113
th Congress may face a number of issues related to currently available unemployment insurance programs: Unemployment Compensation (UC), temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08), and Extended Benefits (EB). With the national unemployment rate decreasing but still high, the weekly demand for extended unemployment benefits continues at elevated levels. Congress is considering whether to extend the authorization for several key temporary unemployment insurance provisions in the 113th Congress. P.L. 112-240 extended the authorization for the EUC08 program until the week ending on or before January 1, 2014 (December 28, 2013 for most states). In addition, it extended the 100% federal financing of the EB program until on December 31, 2013.

The 113
th Congress faces these expiring provisions as well as other unemployment insurance policy issues, including unemployment insurance financing, integrity measures, and the appropriate length and availability of unemployment benefits.

This report provides a brief overview of the three unemployment insurance programs—UC, EUC08, and EB—that may currently pay benefits to eligible unemployed workers. This report contains a brief explanation of how the EUC08 program, as well as some other UC-related payments, began to experience reductions in benefits as a result of the sequester order contained within the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25).

This report also includes descriptions of the unemployment insurance provisions within H.R. 51, H.R. 188, H.R. 1172, H.R. 1229, H.R. 1277, H.R. 1502, H.R. 1530, H.R. 1617, H.R. 2177, H.R. 2448, H.R. 2821, H.R. 2826, H.R. 2889, H.R. 3205, H.R. 3447, H.R. 3453, H.R. 3454, H.R. 3546, S. 18, S. 803, S. 1099, S. 1747, as well as the President’s Budget Proposal for FY2014.

Date of Report: December 11, 2013
Number of Pages: 17
Order Number: R42936
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