Campaign Promises

Cabinet/Departments -> Labor -> Unemployment


ItemLabor
UnemploymentGrade
LA-32
The Promise: "...immediately extend unemployment insurance for an additional 13 weeks..."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan to Revitalize the Economy, dated 11/07/08.
Source: http://change.gov/agenda/economy_agenda/
Status:The economic stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) signed into law on 02/17/09 extended unemployment insurance benefits eligibility criteria.

On 04/15/10, President Obama signed another bill further extending unemployment benefits for those whose 26 weeks of state-paid benefits had expired and would last for up to 99 weeks. Valued at $18B, this bill was in effect until 06/02/10.

On 07/22/10, another bill was signed into law, this one valued at $34B, extending the eligibility dates for benefits extensions to 11/28/10.

Under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) signed into law by President Obama on 12/17/10, an additional 13 months extension of unemployment benefits was authorized for eligible unemployed persons.

This promise has been fulfilled.
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LA-33
The Promise: "...we should temporarily suspend taxes on unemployment insurance benefits..."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan to Revitalize the Economy, dated 11/07/08.
Source: http://change.gov/agenda/economy_agenda/
Status:While the economic stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) signed into law on 02/17/09 extended unemployment insurance, tax relief was extended only to the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits received in 2009 ($4,800 if both spouses were unemployed). The interpretation of this promise is that all unemployment insurance would be temporarily tax exempt.

For the CY2010 tax year, the exemption from taxes for the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits expired under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010" (H.R. 4853). Since CY2010, all unemployment benefits have been taxable.

This promise was not fulfilled.
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