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While pushing for corporate legal immunity, McConnell vows to block enhanced unemployment benefits

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23.05.2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed in a private call with House Republicans Wednesday that the enhanced unemployment benefits keeping millions of people afloat amid Great Depression-level joblessness will not be extended in the next coronavirus stimulus legislation, effectively endorsing a major income cut for a large swath of the U.S. population.

The boosted unemployment insurance—which provides an additional $600 per week on top of state benefits and is set to expire on July 31—"will not be in the next bill," the Kentucky Republican reportedly told his GOP colleagues, calling the fact that some people are making slightly more money on unemployment than they did from their jobs "crazy."

Progressives have said this is a reason to raise wages, not roll back benefits.

Ernie Tedeschi, a former Treasury Department economist, estimated that if enhanced unemployment benefits are not extended, "unemployed workers will effectively get a pay cut of 50-75% overnight."

In a series of tweets Wednesday evening, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)........

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