(HorizonPost.com) – A bipartisan trio of Congresspeople, Representatives Peter Meijer (R-MI), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), have introduced legislation aimed at getting Americans back to work. In a twist from historical unemployment cycles, this time, they decided a bill was necessary because employers can’t find workers to fill jobs.
Doing something is better than doing nothing. This bill reduces unemployment payments while making it easier & more appealing to get back to work. If we don’t take action now, our economy will remain crippled by massive labor shortages. Glad to join this bipartisan effort. 3/3
— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) June 18, 2021
In February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic burst upon the world and quickly spread to become what many have called an “unprecedented” crisis. Governors across the country began issuing stay-at-home orders, causing businesses to close. While some jobs transitioned to the virtual world, many did not.
The United States Congress passed a bill that former President Donald Trump signed on March 27, 2020, adding a $600 weekly payment over and above typical state unemployment insurance benefits. When the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives refused to pass an extension, Trump issued an Executive Order allowing the Department of Labor to continue paying $300/week.
Months later, some people believe the extra money is lowering people’s motivation to go out and get jobs now that the economy has started to recover. This bill hopes to address that problem. It will authorize payments of $185 for up to nine weeks for those who take jobs until the end of the current program scheduled for September 6.
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