WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Feb. 10th Congressman Steven Horsford delivered opening remarks on federal unemployment insurance during the House Ways & Means Committee markup of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
In his remarks, Congressman Horsford urged Congress to extend federal unemployment insurance for the millions of hard-working Americans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. His five-minute speech called attention to the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Latino employment, as well as the particularly devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality and tourism industries, which employed more than 30% of the Southern Nevada workforce pre-pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan would provide a $400/week federal supplement to state unemployment payments through August 29, 2021. Without passage of the American Rescue Plan or other Congressional action, federal unemployment insurance will expire on March 14, 2021.
Congressman Horsford has also introduced the Unemployed Worker Lifeline Act, standalone legislation that would increase the current federal unemployment payment to $400/weekly and extend federal unemployment insurance payments. More information about the Unemployed Worker Lifeline Act can be found here.