President Barack Obama measured into law the push back of the deadline for the unemployment benefits. The Americans who are currently jobless are getting their benefits back and could not be happier. After a vote of 59 to 39 made by the senate to restore payments it was finally done.
Almost 3 million people were at the edge of running out of any benefits. This was due to a failure of extending the deadline by the senate. Senate republicans along with Ben Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska prevented it from passing as they stated that it should be paid off first. They stated that for the government to cover $34 billion is not something that would work in their favor.
The unemployment payments lasts up to 73 weeks and would start after the state funded 26 weeks. The benefits are divided into tiers and those who are unemployed would need to apply after every tier. Experts have said that the payments would be different as compared to the deadline on the 2nd of June and that it would take about a month for the state to resume the sending of checks.
Many people have gone through hard times and have missed receiving those checks. One woman, Lynda Kahn said that she has been out of work for a long time and depends on these checks. After not receiving any she tried to apply for Medicaid buy was unfortunately turned down. Currently she is receiving $200 a month from a local charity.