HARRISBURG, PA — House Republicans from Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties today joined other lawmakers in the southeast region in demanding an investigation into the failures of Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation program.
Reps. Stephen Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), Tim Hennessey (R-Chester/Montgomery), John Lawrence (R-Chester/Lancaster), and Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) echoed the sentiments expressed on Friday by House members from Bucks County who demanded that the House Government Oversight Committee examine the disastrous response the unemployment system has had to Pennsylvania citizens forced out of work during COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
“Our offices have been inundated with phone calls, emails and visits from thousands of constituents, many of whom have applied for unemployment compensation and have yet to collect benefits or have their claims resolved. Dating back to March when the statewide shutdown began, Pennsylvania residents have been at the mercy of an outdated and obsolete Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation System whose online application service has repeatedly crashed, leaving applicants frustrated and unable to file their claims. Constituents have also called with concerns about identity theft after receiving claim checks for which they had not applied. They also expressed concern about the impact the fraudulent disbursements could have on their 2020 tax return,” they said.
“Despite the General Assembly designating funds in the budget for system improvements and additional staff to handle claims, the number of unresolved cases continues to be staggering. We urge the Government Oversight Committee to examine these failures and determine what changes are necessary to ensure Pennsylvania citizens will receive the service and responsiveness they need and deserve.”
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