While new cases of Covid-19 surge nationwide and more people lose their jobs due to new closures and backtracking on reopenings, lawmakers are not reaching an agreement for a new relief bill. Why is this terrible news for millions of Americans?
Within the negotiations that are taking place in the congress, legislators are still discussing what to do with the enhanced unemployment benefit. Meanwhile, the number of people who need unemployment insurance grows.
About 1.4 million people filed for unemployment last week, that's 12,000 more than the week before.
According to CNN, people who have applied for unemployment insurance for the first time increased for the second week in a row.
This has been known the same day that a report showed that the US economy contracted at an annual rate of 32.9% from April to June, which is its worst recorded decline.
In addition, information also comes at a time when Congress is still debating what economic support to provide the country, including unemployment benefits and another round of stimulus checks for eligible people.
Among the unemployment benefits, is the weekly installment of $ 600 dollars that began to be given in the month of March to protect citizens who had to leave their jobs due to the business closings caused by the epidemic.
This $ 600 support officially expired on July 31, but most of the unemployed stopped receiving them a week before.
If Republicans and Democrats can't reach an agreement in the following days, millions of Americans will find themselves next week, and until Congressmen return to work in September, without an essential lifeline.