The Federal Unemployment Supplement Insurance program is set to expire in September. Republican Congressman Tom Emmer says the $300 weekly federal supplement is causing many people to choose — not to go back to work:
“Is it their fault that the federal government decided to make unemployment insurance quite frankly more lucrative than going out and earning a wage? That’s not their fault. Americans are smart and they’re going to collect that money while it’s there and then when it’s gone, they will go back to work.”
Emmer is concerned Democrats will push to extend these payments beyond September.