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Should Congress Extend Pandemic Unemployment Benefits?
Jul 23, 2020 at 01:24 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • As part of the pandemic relief package passed in March, Congress voted to add an extra $600 a week to all unemployment benefits. 
  • This expanded unemployment aid is set to expire next week, on July 31st. 
  • Congress is currently working on a new economic stimulus package, and one of the items of debate is whether or not to extend the weekly $600 payments.
  • Democrats have proposed continuing the benefit until January; that provision was included in the coronavirus relief bill passed by the House in May. Republicans have proposed scaling back the enhancement by several hundred dollars and creating a bonus for those who go back to work.

Food For Thought

Should Congress extend or scale back the extra $600 unemployment aid? Would the expanded benefits ultimately help or harm the economy?

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The New York Times

The End of Expanded Unemployment Benefits Is the Next Disaster

Paul Krugman
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The Washington Post

Don’t pull the plug on pandemic unemployment aid

Catherine Rampell
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The Wall Street Journal

A True Economic Stimulus Plan

Casey B. Mulligan And Stephen Moore
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The Washington Examiner

Kill CARES Act's ‘supercharged’ unemployment benefits to end the recession

Brad Polumbo
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