Disaster unemployment assistance allows workers who aren't eligible for traditional unemployment benefits, like Uber drivers and other gig economy workers, to receive 26 weeks' unemployment benefits if their job loss is attributable to a disaster that eliminates their job or keeps them from reaching their job site. To receive disaster employment assistance, a state must be declared a disaster area by the president. Even though the White House approved 3 states' disaster declarations last week (NY, CA, and WA), they have not released disaster unemployment assistance. In fact, the only aid the Trump administration has released to these 3 states thus far is “crisis counseling”.
Jazz and James discuss yet another instance of willful disregard for working class Americans by the Trump administration.