Watch: Schumer Says GOP’s Argument That Unemployment Pay Disincentivizes Workers Is Belittling
For a number of months, unemployed Americans have been given a $600 weekly unemployment boost. This additional money has been essential to these workers who are unable to return work due to COVID. Some Republicans, however, think that the additional funds disincentivizes people from returning to the jobs that many can’t return to.
Donald Trump agreed with those GOP’ers and recently cut the additional benefit to between $300 and $400 a week. Democrat Chuck Schumer was asked about the GOP argument this weekend. The Senate Minority Leader said that the idea that people would rather collect unemployment than work is belittling.
Schumer told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “Americans want to work, but with 10, 11 percent unemployment, you can’t find a job, and people shouldn’t be given a pay cut.”
The New York lawmaker continued:
“Most states will take months to implement it because it’s brand new. It’s sort of put together with spit and paste, and many states, because they have to chip in $100 and they don’t have money, won’t do it. To boot, it depletes the hurricane trust fund to defer this money, to pay for this money, when we’re at the height of hurricane season.”
Schumer closed by saying, “As the American people look at these executive orders, they’ll see they don’t come close to doing the job.”
Watch a clip from the interview below, courtesy of ABC:
JUST IN: Sen. Chuck Schumer tells @GStephanopoulos that President Trump’s COVID-19 executive orders are “unworkable, weak and far too narrow.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 9, 2020