UPDATED 10:40 AM PT – Monday, August 10, 2020
More details are emerging about President Trump’s plan to extend unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, the president told reporters that the federal government will front the bill for unemployment benefits in certain states hit hardest by the virus.
Meanwhile, other states will be required to contribute 25-percent of the $400 weekly unemployment boost that came from the president’s executive action.
Since the day President Trump was sworn in, Pelosi and Schumer have obstructed.
He wanted to extend enhanced unemployment assistance during negotiations, they said no.
They won’t take action for the American people, but @realDonaldTrump will!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 9, 2020
President Trump argued $400 is enough because any more than that would take away the incentive for Americans to get back to work.
“This is the money that they need, this is the money they want and this gives them a great incentive to go back to work, so this was much more than was originally agreed,” he stated. “The $600 was a number that was there and as you know, there was difficulty with the $600 number because it really was a disincentive.”
Debates over a stimulus bill remain stalled on Capitol Hill with Democrats and Republicans refusing to negotiate on their respective plans.