Myth vs Fact: Unemployment Insurance Resources

From US Congressman David Schweikert

Representing Arizona's 6th District


MYTH:

REPUBLICANS ARE BLOCKING THE RESOUCES FOR UNEMPLYED INDIVIDUALS.

FACT:

Republicans made multiple offers to pass targeted relief for additional resources in August.


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act provided an additional $600 a week as pandemic unemployment assistance for individuals unable to safely work. The additional relief expired on July 31st. Since the expiration, Republicans have offered multiple times to pass a piece of legislation that would provide immediate relief until a relief package could be negotiated. Democrats have rejected each of these offers made by Republicans.

To provide Americans with relief we do not have to pass massive spending packages. I am advocating for Congress to pass a strand-alone extension of resources for individuals who are unable to safely return to work right now. This is something we can help with immediately.

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