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Joint Economic Committee Democrats Chairman - Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Cori Bush (D-MO), and Scott Peters (D-CA) today announced the introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Improvement Act, H.R. 5507, legislation to strengthen the delivery of benefits to unemployed American workers. The bill would require states to provide a minimum 26 weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, cover part-time workers, and update wage record rules and administration standards to make benefits more accessible to applicants.
Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 194,000 in September and the unemployment rate declined to 4.8%, a new pandemic-era low. The unemployment rate was 7.9% for Black workers, 6.3% for Hispanic workers and 4.2% for Asian workers.
Yesterday, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) held a hearing titled “Examining the Economic Benefits of Electrifying America’s Homes and Buildings.” The hearing explored how residential and building electrification is critical to addressing climate change and advancing economic growth that is stronger, stable, and broadly shared. Vice Chair Martin Heinrich (D-NM) presided.