H.R. 6867 (110th): Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Nov 18, 2008 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

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Calendar No. 123

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6867

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 17 (legislative day, September 17), 2008

Received and read the first time

November 18, 2008

Read the second time and placed on the calendar under authority of the order of the Senate of November 17 (legislative day, September 17), 2008

AN ACT

To provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008.

2.

Additional first-tier benefits

Section 4002(b)(1) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by striking 50 and inserting 80; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B), by striking 13 and inserting 20.

3.

Second-tier benefits

Section 4002 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(c)

Special rule

(1)

In general

If, at the time that the amount established in an individual’s account under subsection (b)(1) is exhausted or at any time thereafter, such individual’s State is in an extended benefit period (as determined under paragraph (2)), such account shall be augmented by an amount equal to the lesser of—

(A)

50 percent of the total amount of regular compensation (including dependents’ allowances) payable to the individual during the individual’s benefit year under the State law, or

(B)

13 times the individual’s average weekly benefit amount (as determined under subsection (b)(2)) for the benefit year.

(2)

Extended benefit period

For purposes of paragraph (1), a State shall be considered to be in an extended benefit period, as of any given time, if—

(A)

such a period is then in effect for such State under the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970;

(B)

such a period would then be in effect for such State under such Act if section 203(d) of such Act—

(i)

were applied by substituting 4 for 5 each place it appears; and

(ii)

did not include the requirement under paragraph (1)(A) thereof; or

(C)

such a period would then be in effect for such State under such Act if—

(i)

section 203(f) of such Act were applied to such State (regardless of whether the State by law had provided for such application); and

(ii)

such section 203(f)—

(I)

were applied by substituting 6.0 for 6.5 in paragraph (1)(A)(i) thereof; and

(II)

did not include the requirement under paragraph (1)(A)(ii) thereof.

(3)

Limitation

The account of an individual may be augmented not more than once under this subsection.

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4.

Phaseout provisions

Section 4007(b) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking paragraph (2), and inserting paragraphs (2) and (3),; and

(2)

by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

(2)

No augmentation after March 31, 2009

If the amount established in an individual’s account under subsection (b)(1) is exhausted after March 31, 2009, then section 4002(c) shall not apply and such account shall not be augmented under such section, regardless of whether such individual’s State is in an extended benefit period (as determined under paragraph (2) of such section).

(3)

Termination

No compensation under this title shall be payable for any week beginning after August 27, 2009.

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5.

Temporary Federal matching for the first week of extended benefits for States with no waiting week

With respect to weeks of unemployment beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on or before December 8, 2009, subparagraph (B) of section 204(a)(2) of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note) shall not apply.

6.

Effective date

(a)

In general

The amendments made by sections 2, 3, and 4 shall apply as if included in the enactment of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008, subject to subsection (b).

(b)

Additional benefits

In applying the amendments made by sections 2 and 3, any additional emergency unemployment compensation made payable by such amendments (which would not otherwise have been payable if such amendments had not been enacted) shall be payable only with respect to any week of unemployment beginning on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives October 3, 2008.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk

November 18, 2008

Read the second time and placed on the calendar