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Politics 'The law is clear': Biden attacks GOP's talking point on unemployment benefits

23:55  10 may  2021
23:55  10 may  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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“ The law is clear . If you’re receiving unemployment benefits and you’re offered a suitable job, you can’t refuse that job and just keep getting unemployment benefits ,” Biden said Monday. Fact Check: False. Not only are many Americans receiving jobless benefits not required to accept job offers, they are not even But even then, workers are only required to take “suitable work,” which means a job that offers wages comparable to previous employment and work that fits his or her education level and previous work experience. In practice, this often allows the unemployed wide leeway to turn down jobs.

President Biden announced Monday that his administration would affirm that workers cannot turn down a "suitable" job they are offered and continue to take federal unemployment benefits . “No one should be allowed to game the system and we’ll insist the law is followed but let’ s not take our eye off the ball,” he said. “We need to stay focused on the real problems in front of us — beating this pandemic and creating jobs.” The Labor Department is expected to send a letter to states this week to “reaffirm that individuals receiving UI may not continue to receive benefits if they turn down a suitable job due

President Joe Biden on Monday directly addressed a rising critique of the enhanced unemployment benefits included in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending plan as he announced a host of new economic recovery actions, including new guidance to help states disburse pandemic childcare aid.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Washington Examiner

Both items were included in the president's recently unveiled plan for helping workers re-enter the workforce and come after a disappointing report from the Department of Labor last week.

Biden, delivering remarks from the White House, called the childcare investment the largest of its kind "since World War II" and a "real answer to a real problem that our economy is facing right now."

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GOP cuts unemployment benefits . Top coverage. play_arrow. A shopper walks past a store displaying a hiring sign "Raise your wages. Pay decent benefits ," Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, describing it as a U. S . President Joe Biden exits after speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in

Biden said that anyone taking unemployment who gets offered a 'suitable job' must take it after experts revealed those making ,000 before COVID now earn more from benefits . 'We're going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment , who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits ,' he said in remarks at the White House. 'There are a few COVID-19 related exceptions, so that people aren't forced to choose between their basic safety and a paycheck, but otherwise, that' s the law ,' he said.

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"With these funds, states can help hundreds of thousands of providers reopen and stay open and provide safe and healthy learning environments for more than 5 million children," the president said. "These funds will also allow states to provide over 800,000 families with subsidies to pay for child care. Simply put, this can help working parents get back to work."

Biden also directly addressed a critique that the rest of the White House has danced around in recent days.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a number of Republican governors responded to the most recent jobs report by calling for an end to Biden's expanded pandemic unemployment benefits. Opponents to the initiative claim that some of the unemployed workers could receive more in unemployment benefits than they would make working at their old jobs and would therefore choose not to look for new work.

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Several GOP officials supportive of a deal for both economic and political reasons have made the same point to CNN in recent days: this is a point where the front-line Senate GOPers up for reelection are going to have to emerge and make clear what they want and why they want it. But the biggest issue by far has been trying to structure the GOP ' s offer on unemployment insurance. Democrats proposed extending the 0 federal enhancement through the end of the year. Republicans are opposed on the ground the flat rate would pay some workers more to stay on unemployment than go to go back to

It is not yet clear if new GOP demands to end the 0 per week supplemental unemployment benefit in order to attempt to boost the labor supply will become a feature of the infrastructure talks . Republicans have mentioned user fees such as a miles-traveled fee to help fund highway spending, or clawing back With the former president maintaining a tight grip on GOP voters, House Republicans are widely expected to replace Cheney with New York representative and Trump stalwart Elise Stefanik. An urge to escape the drama appears to be indirectly affecting the GOP stance on talks with Biden .

"Just last week, Secretary Yellen and President Biden disputed the fact that enhanced unemployment benefits are disincentivizing people from reentering the workforce. Now the White House is doubling down on their failed policies, revealing that their real focus is getting more Americans dependent on government rather than back to work," said America Rising spokesman Joseph Gierut.

During his Monday remarks, however, Biden explicitly stated that when anyone receiving pandemic unemployment benefits is offered a job, "you can't refuse that job and just keep getting the unemployment benefits."

"No one should be allowed to game the system," he continued. "The law is clear."

Pressed by the Washington Examiner on how the government plans to enforce Biden's proposal, a senior White House official claimed that the Department of Labor will begin clarifying that "under all [unemployment insurance] programs including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program put in place last year, workers may not turn down a job due to a general, non-specific concern about COVID-19 and continue to receive benefits."

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"If you're receiving unemployment benefits and you're offered a suitable job, you can't refuse that job and just keep getting unemployment benefits ," Biden said. (Reporting By Nandita Bose and Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama). WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U. S . President Joe Biden on Monday defended himself against critics who say expanded unemployment benefits offered in the COVID relief bill passed in March are keeping Americans from taking new jobs.

Biden ' s legislative agenda for the rest of this year also faces obstacles on Capitol Hill. Republicans are resisting his calls for passing a sweeping infrastructure package, and there' s insufficient support among Democrats for overhauling Senate rules in a way that would allow the party to tackle changes to immigration policy, gun laws and voting rights on its own. Compared with Biden ' s approval ratings on the pandemic, there is a starker partisan divide in views of his handling of the economy. Nearly all Democrats, 91 per cent, back his economic stewardship, while just 19 per cent of GOP voters do.

"Under the PUA program, a worker may receive benefits if the worker certifies weekly that one of the few specific COVID-related reasons specified by Congress is the cause of their unemployment," the official continued. "The President is directing the Department of Labor to take concrete steps to raise awareness about these and other requirements."

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said in a Monday statement, however, that "President Biden is all over the place on unemployment insurance — he wants to go after folks who are gaming the system, but he’s denying the reality that his policies are making the situation worse so he's trying to make struggling businesses the boogeymen."

"President Biden and his party were warned this would happen but they doubled down on bad policy. Instead of making unemployment pay more than work, we ought to convert the emergency unemployment payments into signing bonuses," Sasse wrote. "Cut the spin, convert unemployment into a signing bonus, and get America and Americans up and running."

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The president further framed the benefits as a "lifeline" for the millions of people in the country who lost work in 2020 over the past year "through no fault of their own."

"It's easy to say, the line has been, because of the generous unemployment benefits that it's a major factor in labor shortages. Americans want to work," Biden claimed. "I think the people who claim Americans won't work, even if they find a good and fair opportunity, underestimate the American people."

The president also briefly detailed a new $350 billion program, also outlined in the American Rescue Plan, to help states distribute aid to teachers, medical professionals, other essential workers, and hospitality industry staff.

You can watch Biden's remarks in full below.

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