Senate Passes Emergency Unemployment Extension
On April 7, 2014, the Senate passed the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014 (H.R. 3979), which would extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for five months through June 1, 2014. The extension is retroactive to January 1, 2014, when the program expired. The bill also provides a similar five-month retroactive extension of provisions related to the Extended Benefits (EB) program and reemployment and eligibility assessment (REA) funding. It also includes several other provisions governing unemployment insurance (UI) programs. Finally, the bill uses federal pension smoothing and an extension of customs user fees as an offset for the UI costs. This Issue Brief summarizes the provisions of importance to states in the bill.