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$400 unemployment boost: Republicans revive anxiety over the effect on jobs

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Congressional Republicans are raising alarms over a $400 weekly boost to unemployment benefits proposed by Democrats and President Joe Biden. However, some experts signal those warning bells may be premature.

GOP members of the House Budget Committee said Monday that extra jobless benefits offer an incentive for workers to stay home rather than find a job.

That’s because many Americans would earn more from unemployment benefits than they did at work, said Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., ranking member of the Budget Committee.

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It’s the same argument Republican lawmakers used against a prior $600-a-week enhancement to benefits.

“This is the wrong plan for America’s working class,” Smith said during a hearing on a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill that Democrats are aiming to pass by mid-March, before unemployment benefits lapse for millions of people.

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