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Stimulus update: Americans rage over delay in $300 bonus unemployment payments

AMERICANS have expressed their frustration over the delay with $300 bonus unemployment payments on social media.

The New York State Department of Labor confirmed that people who certified their unemployment claims over the weekend will experience a delay getting it in a Twitter statement.

People who certified the documents on Sunday will have a one to two-day delay but those who certified on Monday or later would not have to wait.

But irate users blasted the situation which came about because Joe Biden's $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan extension kicks in this week.

"Why is this state so sh**** when it comes to people’s money and lives?" demanded one person.

"Please answer. I received an email and text saying not to reapply, I have NOT earned 10x my weekly rate, I certified Sunday, but both my UI and FPUC payments have not been released for the week," asked another.

"I haven’t even earned 1x my weekly benefit rate in wages since March."

A fourth wrote: "They gave us crumbs for an update. Quit telling worried people not to care. We barely get an answer from the dol half the time so it’s cause to worry when you can’t ask questions."

"Can someone please guide me in right direction I've been trying to call the unemployment office and can't get thru keeps disconnecting me and I can't get any answers when my money will start again this is so wrong," raged a fifth.

"This is is extremely frustrating I had to file a new claim I did it online they tell me to call," commented another user.

"I call they make me redo the entire claim. Then I have to use an online chat. I complete it says it may take 2 hours. I get another text saying they need more information.

"No answer !!! Please someone contact me because this is ridiculous."

The touted stimulus bill was signed into law on March 11.

The $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefits were extended into early September.

Meanwhile, the second batch of $1,400 stimulus checks is due to arrive in bank accounts today but older Americans and those receiving social security benefits may have to wait longer.

The IRS said it began to process millions more third stimulus checks on Friday with a pay date of March 24 yet did not reveal the exact number of payments issued.

It already paid out 90 million checks via direct deposit last week and mailed another 150,000 physical checks.

The IRS urged those desperately waiting for the funds to keep an eye on their bank accounts and the mail this week.

Yet those receiving federal benefits such as social security and disability benefits have voiced concern that they have not yet received their $1,400 check.

No date for when they can expect to receive the $1,400 has been released by the IRS or by the Social Security Administration.

Older Americans have also been calling on lawmakers to speed up the process as they felt that their needs are being ignored, CBS reported.

The IRS said in a statement Monday that it is “working directly with the Social Security Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, and the Veterans Administration to obtain updated 2021 information for recipients to ensure it is sending automatic payments to as many people as possible.”

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