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Bill Would Extend Unemployment Benefits for Sandy Victims

The newly introduced bull would extend benefits and help cover the cost of unemployment for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. Senator Frank Launtenberg, D-NJ, introduced a bill Tuesday that would extend unemployment benefits to workers who lost their jobs due to Hurricane Sandy, and also help relieve the burden on businesses for disaster-related claims, his office announced.

The Superstorm Sandy Unemployment Relief Act is being co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut. The bill is designed to mirror aid provided by Congress to those who lose their jobs following Hurricane Katrina, Lautenberg said in a release.

According to a release, the “Superstorm Sandy Unemployment Relief Act” would: 

  • provide an additional 13 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance, or DUA, benefits to eligible individuals
  • provide federal funds to states to cover the cost of paying unemployment benefits to individuals who lost their jobs because of the disaster. 

“Superstorm Sandy continues to exact a heavy toll on families and businesses in New Jersey and neighboring states. We're seeing businesses forced to shutter or scale back operations, and many workers have lost their jobs,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “While the state fights back from this devastating storm, this legislation would help workers and business owners get back on their feet.”

DUA benefits are entirely federally funded and are available to those who have become unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster but do not qualify for state benefits. Federal law currently provides for up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits, and Lautenberg's bill would extend the benefits for up to 39 weeks for victims of Sandy.

In addition, Lautenberg's legislation would address the strain placed on state unemployment trust funds in the wake of Sandy. While disaster unemployment benefits are covered by the federal government, regular unemployment compensation is funded by businesses through payroll taxes. Businesses in disaster-affected states may face increased payroll taxes to cover the additional workers receiving unemployment benefits as a result of Sandy, Lautenberg said.

This bill would help to prevent that additional burden on businesses by transferring federal funds to unemployment trust funds in disaster-affected states.

Irina December 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM
If the state had any cohones....They would make then all pee in the cup. Piss dirty, no welfare////Piss clean, ok until the next pee time. Multiple states enacted this. So should NJ. We would save a fortune. RANDEM DRUG TESTING IS A MUST.
David Sexton December 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Frank rizzo and Suz would for sure fail those tests
Jak December 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM
My God people, everyone is money hungry. Sorry about the unemployment. Go join the military and go to Afghanistan and leave your family to support them. There is a Family right now burying thier son tomorrow. Show some respect. RIP Marine Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Thank you for your service
billy jones December 05, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Drug testing is a great idea. It would save a lot of my hard earned money.
billy jones December 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Im sure most of the people on unemployment are some kind of substance abusers. It only makes sense.
suz December 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
You certainly would fail a mental test....for sure.
suz December 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Such a stupid bias comment. You really need a life!!!!
donald hinman December 05, 2012 at 11:58 PM
This has nothing with the military at all. Prayers go out to all the fallen familys from all wars. But that doesn't change the bottom feeders that use the system that the woking force of this once great country relys on.
fed up December 06, 2012 at 12:13 AM
There are help wanted signs up all over ocean and monmouth county. Not only construction. For some reason today they caught my attention, while i was on my way to my second job. Retail,food service, pep boys, supermarkets, wawa,fast food, and all department stores are at least looking for seasonal help along with lowes and home depot and the list goes on. I met two men from illinois who left there families home who came here for work. Right now this area has the highest demand for workers probably in the country. Even though the work might dry up when the recovery is completed there will be jobs here for a while and they are here now.So ther is no reason to be without a job in this area right now. get off your lazy duffs and go get one of these jobs.Work ,work, work. So to those of you who have your hands out try using them to be productive and self sufficient. Grab a hammer, a shovel a pen , punch a cash register sell christmas trees ........ Do something to provide for yourself and your families. i know 5 people that worked at Klees bar and grill in seaside and were told they wont be back to work until maybe next summer. and guess what they all found jobs doing something.
donald hinman December 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Fed up your 100% correct. I have a great job, work hard at it and worked harder to get it. These people who stand waiting for a handout are just down right scum.
George Clark December 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
don, why don't you come out and tell us what you do? It may inspire others to follow your great lead. you seem to love putting others down as scum, why not make yourself feel even better and brag a bit?
Murph December 06, 2012 at 02:54 AM
someone very dear to me went to work and the company's door was bolted shut. No Job, lost health benefits, then diagnosed with cancer, had surgery, owned a home with a mortgage, paid for health benefits out of pocket.Was not entitled NJ family care or any other assistance, this person collected unemployment for a short time while hustling to find work, to this day working 3 part time jobs for less than what was earned at the job that was terminated 2 yrs ago. That is how you do it! work is out there and yes it may take alot of foot work but it can be accomplished. So put your hands to the plow and don't give up!
frank rizzo December 06, 2012 at 03:27 AM
sounds like fed up is taking a hard look at the unemployment scene from a bar stool . how else would one know the work scene for bar workers? yeah david sexton i,m 68 yrs old and of course i must be having coke and heroin fueled parties every weekend. doesnt everyone my age? sexton not only are you as dumb as a box of rocks but you sound more unhinged than a screen door after hurricane sandy.
frank rizzo December 06, 2012 at 03:30 AM
donald hinman the only guy i ever heard of who works so hard and yet manages to kvetch on the patch all day long . i bet your boss wishes you would at least kiss him. after all youre f####g him all day long.
Project Bluebeam December 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Sure Mattie, like when you caled the woman who complained about EMS sirens a hooker? Check your posts, hypocrite.
Project Bluebeam December 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Newsflash people. America needs home health aids. Problem is we've become a nation of spoiled brats who refuse to do "that kind of work". Think things are bad now? Wait til we go off the cliff. Remember the gas lines a few weeks ago? Next time around, it's going to be food lines. Stock up on canned goods and ammo.
donald hinman December 06, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Frank for you information I am on a paid vacation. In which I am very much am enjoying. Because I worked for it. So rizzo please do us all a favor and lay back down on your park bench. The working force of America will take care of you. And after you pick up your welfare check be sure to stop at the liquor store. Pick out whatever you want. It's on me and the rest of the woking class. Your welcome.... MERRY CHRISTMAS
mamanewton December 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
doesn't it mean if you file for unemployment that you have worked & paid into it? My Problem is more with out taxes coming out of our pay the amount of someone part time job,( 150$ off the top of my check & that will be going up in the next few weeks) that is going to welfare families & many getting it under fraud, getting everything paid for & lying about their income, OR not getting married & having children & not claiming the other persons income ( which is also a Fedl. Govmnt Check) Sorry But there is NO WAY possible that these families have paid into what they are taking
The Liberal Crusader December 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Well bully for you. Some of us don't make that kind of money. But I guess that just means I should just go out and find one of those jobs where just anyone can get paid like the money grows on trees. Tell me, where would that be? I'd much rather my taxes go up and we all get to go to the doctor than the system we have now. Makes me wonder why I haven't moved to Scandinavia yet. Less income disparity, more healthcare for EVERYONE, and everyone is happy there too! You're sick and tired of people who you claim don't want to work and get supported, I'm tired of people who only care about the number of dollars in their bank account. Sometimes it's better to care about the common good.
Irina December 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The Liberal Crusader Comments like yours only come from uneducated baffoons who have no job or work in a menial job because they are unable to get a job like mine. I'm sick of your type who is sucking off me and other taxpayers to get foot up. Maybe you should've gone to college like me and then you would not be such a loser.
Outofthebeachforgood December 07, 2012 at 02:41 AM
The government workers are the same people "milking the system" They are the most entitlement group of all.
Outofthebeachforgood December 07, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The government is milking the system right along with them.
Outofthebeachforgood December 07, 2012 at 03:03 AM
billy...people are entitled to unemployment...We all pay into it. The employer and the employee...If a place goes under. Everyone is entitled to collect.
frank rizzo December 07, 2012 at 05:53 AM
hinman as usual youre as sharp as a cue ball.
frank rizzo December 07, 2012 at 05:55 AM
donny hinman thats some paid vacation. you,ve been on the patch night and day for months. as for me i as well as my employer paid into my social security pension for many decades. you can get back to your dr phil episode now.
donald hinman December 07, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Frank your funny. You make me laugh. Thank you
tr December 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
The government should bring back the "CC's", Conservation Corps, not more unemployment benefits!!! Plenty of work for everyone who wants to work, and if they don't want to work give them NOTHING. If they can't physically work have them man the call centers, if they are mentally unable to work at all, put them in organized qroup homes located at the abandonned military bases and care for them properly but, not with family that uses them as meal tickets and reasons not to work. You all want SOCIALISM, well welcome to it!
KC January 24, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Some of you making comments here I picture as being retired and collecting pensions and Social Security. If you haven't looked for a job in the last five years, you haven't a freakin' clue. You old farts were fortunate to be of a generation that was 1. small 2. funded by a war and 3. during America's heyday. You did nothing spectacular apart from being born to a lucky generation. You did NOT have to compete with foreign labor sources who will work for a dollar a day! So get off your high horses as you too are just a few checks away from being without resources. Show a little compassion.
wookfish January 24, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Nothing Spectacular? You pinhead,WW ll, Korea, Vietman....they have every right to sit on their high horses....except the liberal objectors
NJarhead January 24, 2013 at 03:42 PM
@wookfish. I'll second that.

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