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Unemployment bonuses expire

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/31/20, 04:16 pm

WASHINGTON—Republicans and Democrats have tussled for weeks over the best way to continue coronavirus-related federal economic aid. The extra $600 weekly unemployment benefit expires on Friday after House Democrats blocked efforts to extend it because the bill lacked sweeping assistance to local governments and schools. Republicans this week proposed a new, $1 trillion stimulus package, but the Senate remains deadlocked. President Donald Trump urged Congress to get more money to U.S. families.

Will Congress reach a deal soon? Lawmakers have agreed to negotiate through Friday and most likely into the weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., both have spoken about the importance of supporting needy families, but neither side seems ready to settle on terms. “The Democrats are playing for Nov. 3, and we’re playing for the good of the people,” Trump said.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about the debate on Capitol Hill over how to offer aid without discouraging work.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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    Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 12:10 pm

    Trump should NOT give in to the Dems.

    People need to go back to work. There are a lot of jobs out there. If they keep getting free money, they will end up like some of the people we see on the street who have decided they don't want to work anymore. Able-bodied people looking for handouts on every corner in Tempe. They don't even use the old "will work for food" any more. Too many people offered work when they did that.

    One woman stood at a Walmart exit for over a year and claimed she needed food. We have tons of programs around the country offering food, shelter, money, and even portable showers. I heard one guy in the library before COVID talking about how he gave up his living quarters because there were too many rules like no smoking for one. Homeless people used to hang out at the library, which is now off limits because of COVID. But they are providing a room in another building for people who need to cool off. Which can't be a good thing because it's in a building where the elderly normally go for activities.