They say, for example, setting higher standards for weekly benefit amounts and automatic “stabilizers” may prove too costly for a $3.5 trillion budget measure.
“There is no room now,” Conti said. “But we will continue to fight for that tooth and nail.”
Moderate Democrats have hesitated about the floating price of the overall legislation, which includes measures surrounding climate, health care, education, paid vacation and childcare.
The Senate bill introduced on Monday will set a six-month lower limit for unemployment benefits. Most states currently provide benefits for up to 26 weeks. But according to data from budget and policy priority centers, some regions—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina—provide fewer services . (North Carolina provides at least a maximum of 13 weeks.)
The bill will also enable more part-time workers to qualify for benefits and require technical improvements.
“This plan has been broken for so long. For decades, workers in this country have really failed. Some improvements are better than nothing,” Diez said.