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Trump administration wants to replace $600 unemployment benefit with back-to-work bonus

June 16, 2020

The Trump administration wants to end  enhanced unemployment benefits and replace them with a different policy, according to a senior aide.

 

Federal coronavirus relief legislation enacted in March authorized jobless Americans to receive an extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits.

 

Those payments are scheduled to end after July 31, which may lead to a sharp decrease in cash flow for the roughly 30 million people currently receiving the benefit.

 

The unemployment rate in April and May was higher than at any time since the Great Depression.

 

The Trump administration, in line with many congressional Republicans, wants the $600 payments to end. The administration believes they provide a disincentive to find work or return to a job, according to Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser.

 

"The president is looking at a reform measure that would still provide some kind of bonus for returning to work, but it will not be as large and it will create an incentive to work," Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council

 

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