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July 10, 2020 | Press Releases

Steube Urges President Trump to Cap Unemployment Benefits and Incentivize Americans to Return to Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) joined colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to incentivize people to go back to work by preventing an increase in unemployment insurance (UI) payments.

“During an unprecedented crisis like COVID-19, we stepped in to ensure the millions of Americans filing for unemployment benefits were covered as the government urged businesses to shut down,” Steube said. “However, this was intended to be short-term solution, and as our economy slowly opens and jobs return, we should now incentivize Americans to help jumpstart our economy by going back to work.”

Congress authorized unemployment insurance (UI) payments of $600 per week earlier this year through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Steube recently cosponsored H.R. 6805, legislation to ensure that those receiving unemployment benefits do not receive more than the amount of wages they were earning prior to unemployment.

You can read the full text of the letter here.