Hennessey Joins Request for Unemployment Compensation Probe

HARRISBURG PA – State Rep. Tim Hennessey, whose 26th Legislative District includes all or parts of the borough of Pottstown and North and East Coventry townships, on Monday (July 13, 2020) joined a growing group of Republican lawmakers in southeastern PA calling for an investigation into “the failures of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation program.”

State House members in Bucks County last week (July 10) demanded the House Government Oversight Committee at the capitol in Harrisburg (at top) examine what they charged was “the disastrous response” the unemployment system has had to Pennsylvania citizens forced out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. Ten percent of unemployment claims filed between mid-March and mid-June “are stuck in limbo,” Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV reported Monday.

Hennessey was among four legislators – the others represented parts of Chester, Lancaster, and Delaware counties – who echoed sentiments of their Bucks County colleagues. ““Our offices have been inundated with phone calls, e-mails 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,” they said in a media release.

They also claimed:

  • “An outdated and obsolete” unemployment compensation system “repeatedly crashed, leaving applicants frustrated and unable to file their claims;”
  • Constituents have “concerns about identity theft after receiving claim checks for which they had not applied;” and
  • Also expressed concern “about the impact the fraudulent disbursements could have on their 2020 tax return.”

The GOP lawmakers asking the oversight committee to “determine what changes are necessary to ensure Pennsylvania citizens will receive the service and responsiveness they need and deserve.”

June 2017 photo by the office of Gov. Tom Wolf, via Wikimedia Commons, used under a Creative Commons license