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$600 unemployment supplement set to expire this week

Updated: Jul. 22, 2020 at 6:12 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -This week will be the last time those on unemployment receive the extra $600 supplement until Congress passes a new bill.

Both sides of the aisle promise to send another round of direct payments to Americans.

The debate now is how much and how soon?

Congress is working on a tight timeline as lawmakers go on August recess in three weeks.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to propose a $1 trillion package that would send direct payments to Americans below a certain income level, extend small business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, and set aside $105 billion for education.

It’s unclear exactly if and how much would be given to those on unemployment.

In the House, Democrats passed the Heroes Act which would continue the $600 through January.

In the package, it would also send direct payments to individuals, offer hazard pay to essential workers, and give aid to state and local governments.

Today, a group plans to deliever letters from unemployed workers to the offices of Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy.

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