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Second stimulus checks? Some Republicans want ‘back-to-work’ payments

Second stimulus checks? Some Republicans want ‘back-to-work’ payments
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2020欧洲杯平台This is bad news for the 25 million Americans . More than people—nearly one quarter of the adult U.S. population—have applied for unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

A number of Republicans have signaled their support for so-called back-to-work payment plans, which reward returns to the workforce with cash. Idaho has gone whole hog on the concept, with a that pays $1,500 to full-time employed workers and $750 to part-time employed workers. Employers can apply on behalf of employees with incomes under $75,000. The program has garnered criticism for incentivizing low-income workers to return to jobs that may put them at risk for COVID-19 exposure.

2020欧洲杯平台And two Republican senators, Rob Portman of Ohio and Kevin Brady of Texas, recently proposed limited weekly payments of $450-$600 for people returning to work. Neither proposal has gained steam, but the underlying idea has snowballed. The Trump administration has also said it would support some kind of return-to-work bonus, CNBC .

Meanwhile, the program that authorized an additional $600 in weekly unemployment benefits is set to expire in just four weeks, a week earlier than expected,2020欧洲杯平台 leaving many Americans unsure of and unaware of what aid might be forthcoming from the government, how much, or when. Officials have said the $600 extra weekly unemployment payment will definitely not be renewed, .

For now, all eyes are on the second stimulus package—whatever that may be.

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