"The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides monetary assistance to individuals unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. DUA is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). DUA is administered by the Department of Labor through each state's UC agency. In the 107th Congress, P.L. 107-154 was signed into law on March 25, 2002, extending the duration of DUA benefits from 26 to 39 weeks for victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the declared major disaster areas in New York and Virginia. This extension did not apply to any subsequent major disasters. This report also briefly describes legislation introduced in the 109th Congress (S. 1637). The report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS22022
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