As The Advocate reports, Congressman Troy Carter, of New Orleans is calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to reinstate pandemic unemployment benefits to Louisiana residents.
The reinstatement would be retroactive and will equal five weeks of benefits, which could send $1,500 checks to more than 150,000 Louisiana residents.
In a letter sent to Governor Edwards, Carter asks him to "provide relief to Louisianans who desperately need help" to people impacted by Hurricane Ida.
The emergency unemployment benefits are made available until Labor Day, Sept. 6, but the governor put a stop to it July 31 in exchange for a permanent $28 increase to the state’s weekly unemployment paychecks, which begins next year according to The Advocate.
"Thousands of Louisianans are looking for ways to pay for hotel rooms, gas, and basic necessities at this very moment," Carter wrote in his letter. "Many of those people are either in homes without power or were without power for a significant amount of time. Many more had damage to their homes or have been faced with unexpected costs in the last two weeks."
The federal unemployment benefit contributed an additional $300 to the state’s weekly payout during the pandemic.