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Bush Extends 9-11 Unemployment Pay

March 26, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush signed legislation Tuesday extending unemployment benefits for those who were put out of work by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but wouldn’t qualify for regular jobless checks.

The new law, sponsored by Rep. Jack Quinn, R-N.Y., allows 13 more weeks of payments. The so-called disaster unemployment benefits first approved in the wake of the attacks began to run out two weeks ago.

Congress had already approved, as part of an economic stimulus package that Bush signed earlier this month, a 13-week extension of regular unemployment benefits. But some self-employed small-business owners or people who had just started a new job did not qualify for normal unemployment benefits after the attacks left them jobless.

The bulk of the disaster unemployment benefits are expected to flow to the New York area, which lost more than 100,000 jobs as a result of the trade center collapse. Quinn expects about 2,500 to be eligible.

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The bill is H.R. 3986

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Quinn: http://www.house.gov/quinn

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