Comparing the Congressional Response to the Great Recession and the COVID-19-Related Recession: Unemployment Insurance (UI) Provisions [July 30, 2020] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Summary: "In response to recent economic recessions, Congress has enacted temporary measures related to Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs and benefits. These temporary federal provisions have included augmented and extended federal UI benefits, additional funding for state UI administration, and federal financing for certain aspects of UI benefits, among other measures. This report provides a comparative analysis of the temporary UI measures enacted in response to the Great Recession (December 2007-June 2009) and the temporary UI measures enacted in response to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]- related recession (February 2020-present), as of this report date. Between July 2008 and December 2012, 12 laws created, amended, or extended temporary federal UI provisions in response to the Great Recession. As of this report date, Congress has enacted two laws that created, amended, or extended temporary federal UI measures in response to the current recession (an additional bill has been passed by the House and the Senate; it currently awaits the President's signature). Understanding the temporary UI provisions that were enacted in response to the Great Recession--as well as how these provisions were structured and how long these provisions were authorized--may be of interest to policymakers considering further temporary UI interventions or alterations to existing temporary provisions in response to the current recession."
CRS Report for Congress, R46472
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/