President Trump releases more details on unemployment plan

FILE – In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

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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.

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.

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