Dec 14 | Bipartisan Text

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

The bipartisan relief package text has finally been released. It has nothing new or surprising from what we have learned over the last week. Unemployment measures remain the same.


-It will add an additional 16 weeks to all PUA and PEUC claims and extend the expiration into April.

-It will provide $300 FPUC starting December 26.

-The bill will waive overpayments as long as the overpayment was not the fault of the individual, which is exciting news. It also stipulates that people who apply for PUA in 2021 will have to provide documentation proof of employment.


One development is that they have separated the package into two bills. They pulled the two items of contention, namely: state and local government funding and liability protections, out into a separate bill. That means they can pass all of the rest of relief separately.


This relief must pass before the end of the week when Congress recesses for the rest of the year. They also must pass a spending bill to fund the government by the end of the week to avoid a government shut down. They may include the relief in that required bill. The outlook is looking hopeful. Pelosi has called for a meeting of the 4 Congressional leaders to finalize these bills today.


Our main takeaway is that:

  1. This bill must pass. The consequences of the loss of PUA and PEUC are too great.

  2. This bill is woefully in adequate and we will not stop advocating for more. The fight will continue.

Full text of the bill here. Unemployment insurance provisions start on page 157.

A 6 page summary is here.

One page summary below:



Further details on food and rental aid are here.

Recent Posts

See All

Jul 19 | Summer Updates

First, some good news! Tax refunds are coming for those that filed their 2020 taxes before the $10,200 UI tax forgiveness was passed. A massive win. More information here. Unfortunately we don't expec

Jun 17 | Recent Updates

A roundup of recent news regarding unemployment pandemic programs: At this point TWENTY-FIVE states led by Republican governors are ending their state's participation in federal pandemic unemployment

May 13 | Action Items for Saving Federal UI

As many of you know Republican governors have declared war on UI. 16 governors so far have announced they are opting out of federal programs, in order to force workers into unsafe and low paying jobs