More than 7 million Americans are in jeopardy of losing their unemployment aid immediately after Labor Day. Gig workers and other unemployed Americans who qualified for pandemic relief programs will stop getting checks on Sept. 7, along with the $300 weekly federal supplement to traditional jobless benefits.
When asked whether there could be a possible extension of these benefits, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Aug. 6: “At this point, they’re expiring at the beginning of September. Nothing has changed on that front, but a final decision has not been made.”
Congress would need to pass legislation to extend benefits, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would not be in favor of that. “I’m done with extensions,” Manchin told Insider last week, reported the The Hill. “The economy is stronger now, the job market is stronger. Nine million jobs we can’t fill. We’re coming back.”
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