Here Comes More Free Money! Administration to Back New Package on Monday

With the $600 weekly federal unemployment bonus set to run out at the end of the week, people have been anxiously awaiting the Republican proposal for the next round of relief spending. The Democrats in the House passed a $3.5 trillion package that went nowhere in the Senate, but everyone agreed that something must be done.

Now we have a sense of what that “something” will be, more free cash for millions of Americans and reduced unemployment checks.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration will back continued unemployment bonus checks through the end of the year, but at a lower level, and that Americans can expect another round of $1,200 checks that should be their bank accounts in August.

Administration officials are working with Senate leaders to get the details down before they announce it, which can come as soon as Monday.

The $600 checks were meant to bring the unemployed American earning the average wage and with the average state unemployment benefit up to 100% of the average wage. In practice, the bonus checks boosted the average recipient’s income by more than 30% above what they made at work. The next round of bonus checks are intended to replace 70% of an average worker’s income.

Mnuchin said:

“We want to make sure that there’s a technical correction, so that people don’t get paid more money to stay home than to work.”

There was no word yet on the other details, like support for cities and states, a Democratic priority, and immunity for COVID-19 infections for businesses and other establishments, which is a Republican priority.

And, of course, there was no discussion of how to pay for any of it. If the deficit doesn’t matter anymore, then perhaps we should require the government to give everyone $1 million instead of $1,200.

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  1. Renata
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    Would prefer that a decent increase monthly to all people on Social Security be given, since the government stole a lot of that money years ago to use for other purposes.
    Unemployment checks should only be given as long as people are actually trying to find a job (have to turn in legal proof) and not plan to live on it forever!
    Also make sure our veterans are receiving a proper monthly income for those who have been injured beyond being able to work, and to pay for their medical.

    • CeeDee
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      I totally agree. Social Security should be increased and people who did not work for it should be taken off the roles. Social Security doesn’t even cover the cost of living arrangements. I also agree with 70% of income versus $600. a week which is most likely supporting the protesters. I agree illegal aliens should not receive any type of welfare. If there is no benefit to come here then they will stay home. We have to take care of Americans first.

  2. Chaplain Rodger De Ramus
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    I am in agreement with the first commenter. It has been years since those who are on Social Security to see an increase other than the .005% type increases, not enough to even see the change. Even with the small increase, our Medicare increases, so that little bit of money is taken up to pay for the increase. I feel that I can say this with all the other money being sent out, the government OWES those that are on Social Security a substantial increase since we have done without for longer than those who have suffered doing without. It should be somewhere within the three trillion dollars being spent that an increase in Social Security payments monthly should be seriously considered.

    • Tinywoman
      Reply

      Don’t hold your breathe. It will never happen. All in congress are worthless, do nothing pagans.

  3. BRUCE W. GARSHAW
    Reply

    TAKE ILLEGALS OFF ANY FORM OF BENEFIT AND SEND THEM HOME. SOME ARE ON SOCIAL SECURITY WHICH IS OUR MONEY THAT WE WORKED HARD FOR . YEARS AGO THE GOVERNMENT TOOK LOADS OF MONEY OUT OF OUR SS FUND. WE WANT IT BACK. OUR SS SHOULD BE DOUBLED BECAUSE OF THE COST OF LIVING THESE PAST YEARS. IT IS OUR MONEY AND SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FOR SOME THING ELSE. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.
    SENATORS GIVE THEMSELVES RAISES, GOOD MEDICAL AND OTHER PRIVILAGES THAT ARE ALLOWED BY OUR CONSTITUTION. LIKE SERVE ONE TERM AND GET LIFETIME PAY AND BENEFITS. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. AS THE SAYING GOES ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS. THAT IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

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