January 22, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Changes to PUA to Help Unemployment Assistance Reach More Nevadans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to President Biden calling on the Administration to support extending unemployment benefits and changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which ensures that workers not eligible for traditional unemployment benefits can receive support. States have struggled to get PUA to workers in a timely fashion, and the policies the Senators suggest would extend the program, ensure more Nevadans can access it, and reduce the financial and administrative burden on the Silver State in implementing it so Nevadans can get aid more quickly.                                      

“We urge you to support these policies to provide desperately needed relief to individuals and families affected most by the economic fallout of this pandemic, as well as provide state unemployment agencies the means and resources to meet the unprecedented need,” wrote the Senators. “It is vital to extend temporary unemployment benefits so that working families can weather this pandemic and the country can emerge stronger and more resilient. We hope that the federal government adopts extensions and other policies swiftly to allow state agencies time to implement changes and prevent further delays.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.


Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen have voted for the CARES Act, which established Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, as well as the four other coronavirus relief packages that have been enacted into law to help address the health and economic impacts of coronavirus and to stem the spread of the disease.