Politics AOC to introduce bill extending unemployment benefits after expiration of COVID-19 programs
Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players
There’s a decent chance that the COVID-19 pandemic will play more of a role during the 2021 NFL season than last year. We’re seeing relaxed protocols from the league as it relates to fully vaccinated players with Week 1 of the campaign slated to get going Thursday evening. It has already led to some COVID-related issues for teams. That includes star guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys with their opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mere days away. Despite being fully vaccinated, Martin tested positive for the virus and will miss the game.NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns touched on this recently.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, will introduce a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for millions.
The congresswoman announced theTuesday evening during a virtual town hall event. Her announcement comes as three federal aid programs expired last week that were put in place during the onset of the pandemic.
"I’ve been very disappointed on both sides of the aisle that we’ve just allowedunemployment assistance to completely lapse when we are clearly not fully recovered from the cost effects of the pandemic," said. "I simply just could not allow this to happen without at least trying."
Bills' Dion Dawkins 'not close' to full strength after COVID-19 hospitalization
Dion Dawkins was hospitalized for four days after developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Dawkins lost 16 pounds and might have an uphill battle to be ready by the time the Bills begin their season. “He’s not close to where he needs to be to play and help us,” McDermott said. “So he’s got a long road here. … He’s going to control what he can control, and so are we. He’s got to continue to work hard to get himself back to where he’s — I mean, this is what, going on Week 4 of training camp at this point, so he’s missed a lot of time.
"I’m not entirely sure the prospects of it, and I want to be completely honest with you all on that," she continued. "We will work it, we will try, but I simply just could not allow us to let this happen without at least trying."
Bills GM Brandon Beane: It's a competitive disadvantage to not be 100% vaccinated
Only three teams in the NFL have reportedly reached 100% vaccination: the Falcons, Buccaneers and Raiders.Beane was asked by John Kryk of the Toronto Sun whether it's a competitive disadvantage not to have a fully vaccinated roster. He said it is, especially when going up against a team that is fully vaccinated.
The three federalplans, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, and Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC, were cut off as of Sept. 6, by the Century Foundation revealed. The offered workers an additional $300 per week in addition to state assistance, expanded worker eligibility for benefits, and increased the duration of benefits for those who were still jobless.
Pandemic safety net shrinking as unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans
About 8.9 million Americans lost unemployment benefits as a federal program meant to help weather the pandemic expired on Sept. 5.Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans expired this week, just more than a month after a national eviction moratorium ended. Previous rounds of stimulus checks have been cashed. An expanded Child Tax Credit runs through the end of 2021.
"Under current legislation, FPUC, PEUC, and PUA benefits can be paid through the week ending September 5, 2021, but after that, all of this federal assistance will be cut off on September 6, with no grace period," the report says.
Ocasio-Cortez's legislation would extend the benefits programs from the Sept. 6 cutoff to Feb. 1, 2022, including retroactive payments for those who lost access to benefits earlier, Fox Business.
President Joe Bidenthat he believed it was appropriate for the benefits programs to end as scheduled in September.
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