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Floridians impacted by COVID-19 anxiously await word on unemployment, stimulus checks

Posted at 6:26 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 18:26:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Floridians are keeping a close watch on capitol hill as congress works to pass the second round of pandemic relief.

Congress, hoping to have something by the end of the week looks less likely now.

That bill would send more money to state and local governments and extend unemployment funds and put another stimulus check in your bank account; all things Floridians say they want to see.

There are currently 1, 846,000 Floridians receiving unemployment.

Still, more Floridians are in need and not getting unemployment, like Laurie Wagner who wasn't approved for unemployment and has since made ends meet by sewing masks.

"A lot of us work paycheck to paycheck," said Wagner. "Now we're living on the edge and it's very difficult."

Wagner is looking at capitol hill, waiting for Congress to pass a second stimulus package.

"I thought they were going to pass it by now but I guess they're still working on details with it," Wagner said.

That bill would give more money to local and state governments to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

It would also revive the federal unemployment funds that were exhausted at the end of July, plus include another round of stimulus checks.

"They should send out the stimulus checks for families in need," said Jalen Williams, a Tallahassee resident.

Tallahasseans say right now lawmakers on every level should do what they can to slow the spread of COVID1-9

"The numbers are going up," Williams said. "With them opening back up schools and stuff. We need to close it down. We don't need to open up like that. We need to focus on the pandemic."

Stalling stems from a disagreement down party lines over how much of unemployment should be supported by the federal government.

But the people say any help is critical right now.

"I'm praying for that," said Wagner. "Truly, it's a necessary piece for my survival right now."

President Trump could take executive action. No word on that yet.