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As Unemployment Numbers In Florida Remain Historically High, Mucarsel-Powell Calls For Action To Combat Trump And DeSantis' Failures


Date: Sept. 17, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) released the following statement calling for the passage of HEROES Act and criticizing Florida's and the Trump administration's failure to provide sufficient aid to Floridians who are unemployed due to no fault of their own during the COVID pandemic:

"I've said from the beginning that Trump's executive order was flawed and did not meet the needs of Floridians who are struggling to make it through this pandemic. Asking states to foot the bill while their budgets are suffering from the COVID-fallout was unreasonable as is, and it's been made even worse by Florida's broken unemployment system and Governor DeSantis' mismanagement," said Mucarsel-Powell. "Florida's unemployment recovery ranks as one of the slowest in the nation and Floridians are once again paying the price. It's time our Senators came to the table and pass the HEROES Act, which would extend the critical $600 benefit that was a lifeline to so many early in this pandemic."

On Tuesday, Politico reported that Governor Ron DeSantis is ending a Trump program to apply an additional $300 in weekly unemployment benefits because the state pays its unemployed workers too little to meet a 25 percent matching requirement. The $300 boost is half of the federal assistance Floridians were provided from the CARES Act, and half of what is proposed in the HEROES Act. In August, WalletHub researchers ranked Florida's unemployment recovery as one of the slowest in the nation.

Today's updated unemployment numbers show that just last week there were 33,821 new claims for unemployment assistance in Florida.