Unemployment boost could keep $600 federal bonus in play in to 2021

Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for the extension of the $600 unemployment boost the federal government instituted at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

As some lawmakers advocate for its extension, others are calling for the expanded benefits to be ended when they expire this summer.

Schumer says they should minimally continue through January 2021.

Some have said that the ‘basic’ unemployment insurance benefit in states is not enough to meet the existing needs or financial burdens families face in the middle of the pandemic.

“Most of them lost revenue through no fault of their own, lost their jobs through no fault of their own, they wanted to work and so I would like to extend it. We may have to improve it some and change it I’ve had a few ideas there, but to let it go down will make the economy much worse,” Schumer said.