Federal Unemployment Benefits End for Thousands of Floridians
Published December 31st, 2013
GAINESVILLE -- It's the end of the road for many unemployed Floridians, who after collecting checks for more than 20 weeks, will no longer receive their monthly benefits.
Congress adjourned for the holidays without reaching any agreement to extend the federal emergency unemployment benefits. That means more than 1 million unemployed Americans -- including about 75,000 in Florida -- have suddenly stopped receiving their weekly checks beginning this past Saturday.
While Democrats believe letting the unemployment benefits expire will hurt those long-term unemployed, most Republicans disagree, saying any extension of the benefits is only a short-term solution that will add to the nation's debt.
A bipartisan bill that extends federal unemployment for an additional three months is expected to be filed once congress returns to work on Jan. 6.
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