Unemployment insurance has been a lifeline for out-of-work Americans all across the country, but benefits were cut off at the end of December for those jobless longer than 26 weeks.

Since then, several proposals to reinstate federal unemployment benefits failed in the Senate, but a new bill could address a number of these key issues facing employers, the government and those out of work.

Could a reinstatement come soon?
According to Politico, the new plan in Congress was authored by Republican Sens. Dan Coats of Indiana, Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of Maine and Dean Heller of Nevada. A compromise originally picked up steam in the middle of February, but the Senate broke for a brief recess.

At the core of the changes to unemployment insurance would be the revival of benefits for 90 days, Politico reported. To pay for these expenses, there would have to be a reduction in the number of Americans receiving both unemployment and disability benefits. In addition, there would also need to be a change to federal pension programs. More amendments may also be in the works, as prominent Senators want to stop benefits once a person receives a suitable offer of work or a job training program.

Recently, Coats told Politico that the groundwork for an agreement between Senate Republicans and Democrats exists. He added that employers and workers care about the length of an extension to benefits, which helps motivate him toward brokering a deal.

Voters support longer benefits
Unemployment insurance is a crucial component of any successful company, and managing these costs is on the minds of many people across the country. Recently, Quinnipiac University in Connecticut conducted a survey of voters on several key issues, including the minimum wage and jobless benefits.

When asked about the possibility of extending unemployment insurance for three months, Democrats responded favorably at 83 – 13 percent, while support was 54 – 41 percent among independent voters. Republicans were opposed 54 – 42 percent. In addition, 33 percent of survey participants would consider voting for a candidate for Congress if they supported the extension of these benefits.

At the moment, the topic of unemployment insurance appears to be on the minds of both the American people and members of Congress. Any change could potentially impact an employer’s finances and determine how they address these issues in the future.


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