Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefit Services – www.dwd.state.wi.us: On June 24, 2010, the United States Senate failed to obtain the necessary votes to pass an extension of federal Unemployment Insurance (UI). While this is sobering news, we remain hopeful that another vote will occur during the week of June 28th.
We are disappointed by the delays in Washington D.C. to extend federal benefits and we know the hardship this has already caused for too many claimants in Wisconsin. Governor Doyle and the Obama Administration continue to strongly advocate for an extension of federal UI benefits. We thank the members of Wisconsin’s US House of Representatives delegation who, earlier this month, already passed an extension bill. We also thank Senators Kohl and Feingold who have supported passage of the Senate version of an extension bill.
The delay in extending federal UI benefits means that some UI recipients in Wisconsin have already seen their payments stop. More claimants will exhaust their eligibility for federal benefits with each week that passes without legislation. Until the outcome of the Congressional action is clear, please continue to file your weekly claim. Doing so is important because if, as we hope, the U.S. Senate passes a UI extension bill, we will work to ensure that you receive your checks as quickly as possible.
The best way to keep up to date on these developments is to check this website which will be updated with any news about the extensions.
Governor Doyle and all of us in the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development stand with Wisconsin’s workers during this time of national economic hardship, as our country slowly recovers from a deep national recession. We remain committed to doing all we can to help you support your families and to help you get you back into employment as soon as possible.
For further details about the current status of federal UI programs and how that status may affect your eligibility, please click this link: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/extended_benefits_update.htm