Unemployment Insurance: Legislative Issues in the 113th Congress [April 10, 2014] [open pdf - 447KB]
"The 113th Congress is facing a number of issues related to unemployment insurance programs: Unemployment Compensation (UC), the temporary, now-expired Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08), and Extended Benefits (EB). With the national unemployment rate decreasing but still high, the weekly demand for extended unemployment benefits continues at elevated levels. Mostly recently, P.L. 112-240 extended the authorization for the EUC08 program until the week ending on or before January 1, 2014 (December 28, 2013, for most states). In addition, P.L. 112- 240 extended the 100% federal financing of the EB program through December 31, 2013. Congress is currently considering whether to extend the authorization for these key temporary unemployment insurance provisions, which have expired. This report provides a brief overview of the three unemployment insurance programs--UC, EUC08 (currently expired), and EB--that may provide benefits to eligible unemployed workers. This report contains a brief explanation of how the EUC08 program, as well as some other UC-related payments, began to experience reductions in benefits as a result of the sequester order contained within the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25)."
CRS Report for Congress, R42936