When Is the $300 Unemployment Benefit Coming? These 20 States Have Started Issuing Extra Supplement

Only about 20 U.S. states have started distributing the $300 weekly supplement to unemployment benefits provided for under President Donald Trump's executive memorandum last month.

Trump's August 8 memorandum allowed states the option to participate in the federal Lost Wages Assistance program that would add a further $400 per week to their existing unemployment benefits. Under the memorandum, states must apply, and in order for their citizens to receive the $400, they are required to provide 25 percent of the financial costs associated. States could also choose a second option: forego paying the $100 and jobless residents would receive $300 in additional weekly financial assistance.

More than one month has passed since the memorandum and the rollout has been slow. While 49 out of 50 states have applied for the program, only about 20 have begun distributing the funds to its residents. South Dakota declined to apply.

These following states have started paying out the extra benefits to their jobless: Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Massachusetts, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee and Utah.

Each approved state would get up to six weeks of the benefits to ensure all receives some allotment of the funds. Not all who are jobless can receive the payments as residents must be unemployed or partially unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the program's guidelines, those eligible for the subsidy are limited to state residents who are currently receiving at least $100 in existing weekly unemployment benefits.

According to Yahoo Money, 31 states have already been approved for the funding. They have the option to start the weekly payments now, at a later date or to release the six weeks worth of funding all at once.

While most states haven't started paying out the funds, those that jumped on early are close to running out. State officials in Arizona and Texas say they have completed the six weeks of payouts as the global pandemic continues through September without a vaccine.

In a statement to Newsweek, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed that $30 billion of the $44 billion provided in the program has been distributed to U.S. states

"Regardless of where the states and territories are in their process to receive and distribute the FEMA funding, FEMA will fund six weeks in $300 supplemental unemployment benefits to every state and territory that has applied for this assistance by September 10," FEMA added.

Meanwhile, Democrats blocked a scaled down stimulus offered by Senate Republicans on Thursday after months of deadlock over another relief package. Following the move, some lawmakers in Washington expressed their pessimism at the prospect that another stimulus package could be passed by Election Day.

"When facing any great trial, one of the most important things for those in positions of leadership to do is to tell people the truth about the challenge that's before us, no matter how hard it is to deliver that truth," Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said in a Twitter video. "Congress is not going to pass another COVID relief bill before the election."

GOP Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas called the negotiations "sort of a dead-end street."

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House on September 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty