GOP weighs jobless aid cuts as layoffs surpass 38 million
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill Republicans want to phase out unemployment benefits to encourage Americans to go back to work —- although it’s not clear when there will be jobs to return to.
With the nation’s death toll from COVID-19 poised to hit 100,000 and layoffs surpassing 38 million, some lawmakers see a failure by Washington to act as untenable. Last week, the House passed a $3 trillion virus relief package, but the Senate has yet to act.
The Senate is trying to fast-track an extension of a popular small business lending program, but McConnell has said new proposals would be considered next month. And senators have left town until after Memorial Day.