D.C. has applied for federal coronavirus aid that would add $300 per week to unemployment checks, despite the Senate’s earlier uncertainty over the provision of supplemental unemployment funding to millions of jobless citizens.
The funds were made available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by under a recent order from President Trump, The Washington Post reported.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday during a press conference that the extra $300 in benefits “is the only option that we have to give some additional relief to people.”
The deadline for states to apply is Sept. 10. Maryland and Virginia have already applied.
However, in some states where the economies are on the rebound, officials have implied they won’t be applying for the extra money.
Prior to two months of payments ending on July 31, the federal government had provided an additional $600 a week to unemployed people across the country.
So far this year, more than 140,000 people in D.C. have filed compensation claims.