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Text of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on February 9, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 9, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 589

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 9, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Ms. Norton, Mr. Payne, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Ms. Fudge, Ms. Moore, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Filner, Mrs. Maloney, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Fattah, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Waters, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Stark, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Hinchey, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Baca, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Towns, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Bass of California, Mr. Honda, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, and Mr. Rush) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011.

2.

Additional first-tier emergency unemployment compensation

(a)

In general

Section 4002(b)(1) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110–252; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by striking 80 and inserting 131; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B), by striking 20 and inserting 34.

(b)

Coordination rule

Section 4002(f) of such Act is amended by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Rules relating to additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation

(A)

In general

If a State determines that implementation of the increased entitlement to first-tier emergency unemployment compensation by reason of the amendments made by section 2(a) of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 would unduly delay the prompt payment of emergency unemployment compensation under this title, such State may elect to pay second-tier, third-tier, or fourth-tier emergency unemployment compensation (or a combination of those tiers) prior to the payment of such increased first-tier emergency unemployment compensation until such time as such State determines that such increased first-tier emergency unemployment compensation may be paid without undue delay.

(B)

Special rules

If a State makes an election under subparagraph (A) which results in—

(i)

the payment of second-tier (but not third-tier) emergency unemployment compensation prior to the payment of increased first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, then, for purposes of determining whether an account may be augmented for third-tier emergency unemployment compensation under subsection (d), such State shall treat the date of exhaustion of such increased first-tier emergency unemployment compensation as the date of exhaustion of second-tier emergency unemployment compensation, if such date is later than the date of exhaustion of the second-tier emergency unemployment compensation; or

(ii)

the payment of third-tier emergency unemployment compensation prior to the payment of increased first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, then, for purposes of determining whether an account may be augmented for fourth-tier emergency unemployment compensation under subsection (e), such State shall treat the date of exhaustion of such increased first-tier emergency unemployment compensation as the date of exhaustion of third-tier emergency unemployment compensation, if such date is later than the date of exhaustion of the third-tier emergency unemployment compensation.

(4)

Coordination of modifications (relating to additional first-tier emergency unemployment compensation) with extended compensation

Notwithstanding an election under section 4001(e) by a State to provide for the payment of emergency unemployment compensation prior to extended compensation, such State may pay extended compensation to an otherwise eligible individual prior to any additional emergency unemployment compensation under subsection (b) (payable by reason of the amendments made by section 2(a) of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011), if such individual claimed extended compensation for at least 1 week of unemployment after the exhaustion of emergency unemployment compensation under subsection (b) (as such subsection was in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this paragraph), (c), (d), or (e).

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(c)

Funding

Section 4004(e)(1) of such Act, as amended by section 501(b) of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–312), is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (F), by striking and at the end; and

(2)

by inserting after subparagraph (G) the following:

(H)

the amendments made by section 2(a) of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011; and

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(d)

Modified program termination date

Section 4007(b)(3) of such Act, as amended by section 501(a)(1)(C) of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–312) is amended by striking June 9, 2012 and inserting September 22, 2012.

3.

Regulations

The Secretary of Labor may prescribe any operating instructions or regulations necessary to carry out this Act and the amendments made by this Act.

4.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–205), except that no additional first-tier emergency unemployment compensation shall be payable by virtue of the amendments made by section 2(a) with respect to any week of unemployment commencing before the date of the enactment of this Act.