Trump privately opposed extending unemployment benefits for pandemic, sources say

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    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday privately expressed opposition to extending a weekly $600 boost in unemployment insurance for laid-off workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to three officials familiar with his remarks during a closed-door lunch with Republican senators on Capitol Hill.

    The increased unemployment benefits — paid by the federal government but administered through individual states — were enacted earlier this year as part of a broader $2 trillion relief package passed by Congress. The boost expires this summer and House Democrats have proposed extending the aid through January 2021.
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    “You can extend some assistance, but you don’t want to pay people more unemployed than they’d make working. You should never make more than your actual wages,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said he raised the issue with Trump during the lunch. While Trump did not explicitly say he would not sign another bill if it contained a benefit boost, Graham said “he agrees that that is hurting the economic recovery.”
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    The unemployment benefits weren’t the only provisions pushed by Democrats that Trump signaled opposition to during the lunch with GOP senators. The president, a vocal critic of voting by mail, also objected to language in the House Democratic plan passed last week that expands voting options ahead of the November elections, including mail-in balloting, according to two of the officials.

    https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-unemployment-benefits-coronavirus-against-extending-20200520.html

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    going to keep the economy down. FDR knew that you cannot open a fallen economy without money in the hands of all the people. Both the parties have lost that bit of wisdom today.

    jwirr

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    My employees are pissed about this, my small restaurant ant afford to pay everybody $900 per week here in oklahoma. We need $2000 per month ubi or job guaruntee or something else besides this shit. Ive had 2 or 3 employees try like hell to get fired and right now i jusst gotta take their crap. I pay way more than industry standard, most wee the help make way more than I.

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    Horrors! Some people are making more on unemployment than they did when they were working! My stepson is one of them.

    He was a chef working for the Hilton. He was laid off, and about six weeks later finally got his first unemployment check, which did have that extra $600 in it. He also knows Bernie Sanders was responsible for getting that little provision passed. The thing is, just a month before the lockdown he had finally given up on buying clunkers that never lasted six months and financed a used vehicle.

    Then he was laid off, and worried about his car being repo’ed or how he can pay the rent. Now, at least those worries gone, thanks to that extra $600 a week for awhile. He’s squirreling away as much as he can, for he doesn’t know how long the benefit will last or when he will be rehired or find another job.

    Yet the same people who had no qualms with throwing $5 trillion at the richest corporations are all outraged that my stepson came out financially ahead, due to the actions of the federal government, for the first time in his life. It’s ironic that this is probably the first time he’s ever been paid what his labor is actually worth.

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    Sounds about right to me.

    We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.

    If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.

    Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…

  • #317356

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    Though Trump may have said that, these sources say stories were all the rage with Russia gate.

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    Im curious, how many of you are actually running a business right now? In the restaurant business, you strive to net 3%. Food costs right now are crazy, add in taxes fees, etc, im damn lucky to be going right now. A bunch of my competitors will never reopen. I hope you desktop warriors love corporate bullshit food cuz thats whats coming

  • #317431

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    What a useless fuck he is! He’s worse than Clinton, Bush and Obama rolled into one.

    I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

    Me

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