California state lawmakers are considering a plan to continue the $ 600 weekly unemployment benefit for the state’s residents if Congress doesn’t extend emergency funding this month.
“We have millions of Californians on a financial cliff,” said Phil Ting, a Democrat lawmaker from San Francisco. “They really need that money to pay rent, buy food and pay for daily living.”
Reducing federal emergency care is likely to put California residents at risk of losing their homes and could exacerbate California’s homelessness crisis, Ting said.
“The most important way to prevent the spread of Covido is to keep people in their homes,” he said.
With coronavirus cases rising and the number of confirmed deaths across the country reaching 150,000, Congress is debating whether to extend the $ 600 weekly benefit to supplement state unemployment benefits. In California, these benefits average just over $ 300 a week. Experts say the extra federal dollars provide critical aid to millions of Americans who have lost their jobs:
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