April 08, 2020

Congressman Neguse Leads Colorado Delegation in Urging Rapid Federal Guidance for CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Implementation

The request seeks guidance from the secretaries of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Labor for enacting the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, joined by the entire Colorado Congressional delegation, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia asking for urgent and comprehensive guidance for implementation of unemployment insurance programs related to theCoronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Citing anticipated delays predicted by Colorado unemployment officials for individuals who don’t already qualify for state unemployment benefits, the letter urges immediate and comprehensive guidance from the federal government so that states can provide this critical assistance to the continuously growing population of unemployed seeking financial support.

The letter cites the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program as an aspect of CARES Act relief that needs immediate guidance. PUA provides unemployment benefits to individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation, including workers in gig economies and those that are self-employed.

“We are seeing unprecedented job loss in Colorado and across the nation, and people who are hurting need immediate relief,” said Congressman Neguse. “States need comprehensive guidance from the federal government as to how we can get this relief to our constituents as quickly as possible. Any delay places even more hardship on people who are suffering immense financial loss. There’s simply no time to waste.”

Read the letter here.

Since its onset, Congressman Neguse has worked diligently to implement public health and economic solutions for his constituents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He has introduced several bills aimed at helping vulnerable communities in his district—including bills to end price gouging, support and expand food assistance programs, and ensure local governments get the resources and funding they need. He also helped to secure a Disaster Declaration for Colorado which provides additional Federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts.