LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Thousands of Nevadans are bracing themselves for the end of the expanded unemployment benefits since President Donald Trump has not yet signed the latest $900 billion coronavirus relief bill.
Nearly 200,000 unemployed Nevadans could lose those benefits however, even if the bill was signed tonight, they wouldn’t see the benefits immediately.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) provided an update to Nevadans about the federal stimulus bill and how the delay in its passage and enactment would adversely impact Nevadans.
Many of the unemployment assistance programs put in place to help workers in this economic downturn expired on Dec. 26. Without the extended time and additional benefits offered in HR 133, thousands of Nevadans will lose their benefits before the new year.
DETR said in a statement that if the bill is not signed, the following benefit programs would end on Dec. 26: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and the State Extended Benefits (SEB) 7-week extension. The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program which consists of 26 weeks plus an SEB extension of 13 weeks will continue.
"Every week that the payments are delayed, whether they're the stimulus, the PPP or whether it will be the unemployment, is another week that I’m closer towards losing my business and my home,“ said Nina Di Gregorio, who's been unemployed for months,
If people are eligible, they will be paid retroactively, but that assistance will only come weeks after the president’s signature.
There is still no clear sign if or when President Donald Trump will sign this bill, but the effects of his actions will be felt in the following days.