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Trump's $400 weekly boost to unemployment insurance won't increase benefits for jobless Americans anytime soon

Trump's $400 weekly boost to unemployment insurance won't increase benefits for jobless Americans anytime soon
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President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Saturday to enact a $400 weekly boost to state unemployment benefits, a cut from the $600 level it once was during the coronavirus pandemic.




But a closer look at the text of the order reveals the administration is actually setting up a "lost wages" program.




"This is outside the UI system entirely," said Michele Evermore, a national unemployment expert, adding it could take months for overwhelmed states to design.




Governors are being ordered to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to set up the benefit system, and distribute benefits alongside existing state systems.




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President Donald Trump signed an array of executive actions on Saturday to bypass Congress and implement economic relief measures on his own.
Among them was a $400 weekly supplement to federal unemployment insurance through December 6. Trump claimed the relief would reach Americans in a "very rapid" manner, but neglected to say how.
It's a significant cut from the $600 level once in effect during the coronavirus pandemic under the CARES Act. That benefit expired in late July, and Republicans are under mounting pressure to replace it with another boost to state payouts.
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