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Senators look to harden the unemployment system for the next crisis

February 13, 2024

Via: FCW

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee have a bipartisan framework for legislation they say would equip the unemployment system for the next economic crisis.

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, announced their plans last week.

Although the framework itself is not a bill — the details of forthcoming legislative text are still being hammered out, a Wyden staffer told Nextgov/FCW — the hope is that the coming proposal will shore up the system in the long term following the pandemic, when states struggled to deliver benefits and prevent fraud.

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