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Millions to lose unemployment assistance Saturday as Trump declines to sign coronavirus relief bill
Enhanced unemployment benefits set to expire this week
An estimated 14 million Americans expected to lose benefits; Aishah Hasnie reports.
Unemployment programs used by about 14 million people expire Saturday if President Trump refuses to sign into law a massive $900 million coronavirus relief bill that Congress overwhelmingly passed.
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On Dec. 26, two major pandemic-era programs for the unemployed run out.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance helps self-employed and gig workers who otherwise wouldn't be covered by traditional unemployment compensation. And the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program provides 13 additional weeks of help to those who ran out of state benefits.
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About 10 million unemployed workers will lose compensation immediately on Saturday and about 3.8 million additional workers will be at risk of losing their benefits within weeks, according to the Brookings Institution.