Lawmakers continue to debate stimulus as unemployment benefits expire

August 2, 2020
In The News

WASHINGTON- Many Americans relying on the COVID unemployment payments will soon be out of help–if lawmakers don’t do something fast. 

House Democrats have been outspoken, urging Senate Republicans to take action. 

Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright and other House Democrats are calling out Republicans for failing to extend the $600 weekly unemployment payments. 

“To be so cavalier as to let these deadlines expire, it’s irresponsible,” said Cartwright. 

Cartwright says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be responsible for the economic  damage he says is on the way.  

“When we let this unemployment insurance expire with no replacement, with no negotiation, with no discussion, that’s a level of disconnectedness from the American people that approaches malevolence,” said Cartwright.  

The Republican plan in the Senate would lower payment to $200 weekly until September. 

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Fred Keller says that’s a healthier amount for the economy and workers. 

“The Democrats are talking about programs that keep people on dependency. We’re talking about programs that keep people attached to their jobs so that they have a job to go back to, so their employer, their team can be successful,” said Keller. 

Keller says a hasty decision could lead to more problems and says Democrats need to be patient.

“Their new normal is more government control, more government spending and more debt for our kids and grandkids,” said Keller. 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hope an agreement on unemployment insurance happens soon.