Senate Approves More Benefits for Hurricane Evacuees
Thirteen-week unemployment aid extension for both Katrina and Rita evacuees just in time
The Senate had already approved a bill extending Katrina evacuee benefits, but it didn't pertain to Rita evacuees. The House, however, unanimously passed a bill Thursday that included Rita evacuees. As a result, the legislation had to go back to the Senate for approval. The bill is now on to the President for his signature. "We expect everything to be done by [sometime] next week at the latest," Pratt said.
Most Katrina evacuees' benefits are currently slated to run out Saturday, while most Rita evacuees' benefits are scheduled to end March 25.