7,000 Nevadans affected by jobless benefits | NevadaAppeal.com

7,000 Nevadans affected by jobless benefits

BRIAN DUGGAN
bduggan@nevadaappeal.com

Unemployment checks halted for about 7,000 Nevadans on Monday as a result of partisan haggling in the U.S. Senate, which prevented lawmakers from approving an extension to federal jobless benefits.

Because lawmakers did not approve the extension before leaving for recess last week, the sole source of income for an estimated 212,000 Americans stopped coming this week. About 130,000 Nevadans receive jobless benefits in all.

The lapse is expected to be temporary, said Kelly Karch, the deputy administrator of employment security for the Depart-ment of Employment, Training and Rehabili-tation, adding Congress is likely to address another extension when lawmakers return to Washington next week.

The expiration did not affect most people claiming unemployment benefits except those in the midst of applying for an extension, Karch said.

If Congress approves an extension to jobless benefits next week, “We don’t know if it will be retroactive, but we will go ahead and park their claim,” Karch said.

Congress approved a

30-day extension to unemployment benefits last month, but Republican opponents say they won’t support the $9 billion extension unless other cuts are made to pay for it.




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