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‘$600 is not enough,’ say progressives as Congressional leaders reach Covid relief deal

“How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? We didn’t send help for eight months.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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‘We are not embarrassed enough’: Ilhan Omar slams Congress for failing the public on Covid relief

“It’s really quite shameful that we find ourselves negotiating a deal with such a small amount of money.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 With a coronavirus relief deal finally coming together after…

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GOP tries to prevent people on unemployment from also receiving stimulus check

‘Gratuitously Cruel’ “Funny enough, they never take issue with doubling down on corporate bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 Republican negotiators in Congress are reportedly trying…

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Congress ‘already too late’ to prevent lapse in unemployment benefits

Thanks to GOP Stonewalling, Experts Say “We will find ourselves early next year in the midst of a humanitarian crisis brought upon by cruel indifference.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, December 14, 2020 At the…

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New bill proposes stopping unemployment agencies that make mistakes from demanding money back

State unemployment agencies have been demanding recipients repay thousands of dollars, even if the agency made the mistake and the money’s already been spent. After ProPublica investigated the practice, legislators are trying to end it. by…

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Surge in layoffs spotlights cruelty of Trump-GOP refusal to boost unemployment benefits

‘Deeply Disturbing’ “The nation’s health and economy are going backwards, not forwards, because Republicans and the leader of their party have spent months doing the very opposite of what is needed.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Sanders leads Senate demand for $1,200 stimulus checks over ‘Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card’ for corporations

“The American people need help and they need help now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9 Rejecting the bipartisan coronavirus relief plan currently under negotiation on Capitol Hill as “totally inadequate,” Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Trump White House proposes Covid relief plan with $0 weekly unemployment boost

“The president’s proposal starts by cutting the unemployment insurance proposal being discussed by bipartisan members of the House and Senate. That is unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9, 2020 The Trump White House…

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Sanders opposed to relief plan that gives ‘no financial help’ to tens of millions of people

“Given the enormous economic desperation facing working families in this country today, I will not be able to support the recently announced Manchin-Romney Covid proposal unless it is significantly improved.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday,…

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12 Million set to lose jobless benefits after Christmas

‘About to Be Catapulted Off a Cliff’ Study Shows  “With no end to the pandemic in sight, and a cutoff of nearly all federal unemployment benefits by year’s end looming on the horizon, inaction by Congress…

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After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief in sight

“Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Trump ended Covid relief talks after McConnell said Republicans wouldn’t vote for deal

‘Telling All Working People…to Drop Dead’ “Trump is turning his back on you,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “He doesn’t care about workers and families. He only cares about himself.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October…

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Despite mass suffering, GOP senators prepare to leave town without approving Covid relief

“Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 24 An additional 1.5 million…

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New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
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Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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Double trouble for service workers: No jobs and little unemployment

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 6, 2020 Pearl River   There was a peculiar piece in the Wall Street Journal that left me scratching my head and then trying to remember, somewhat successfully, high school algebra….

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As Trump takes victory lap, new jobs report reveals alarming surge in permanent unemployment

“Um…Mr. President, that’s not what it says” “The pain is nowhere near over for millions of workers and their families across the country.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, September 4 President Donald Trump on Friday…

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Philadelphians rallied at City Hall before taking to the streets to demand Congress return and come to a deal on unemployment and other relief measures on August 20, 2020. (Screencapture from photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Number of unemployed people struggling to cover basic needs has nearly doubled since GOP killed $600 Federal boost

While Senate Republicans push for a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill, half of jobless Americans couldn’t pay for basic expenses in August, up from 27% in July. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 After Senate…

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New unemployment claims again exceed 1 Million—A reminder that ‘Now isn’t the time to cut benefits that support jobs’

Some economists reiterated calls for extending the $600 weekly boost that’s opposed by Trump and congressional Republicans. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, August 20 The U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday that national jobless claims last…

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Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

The $600 federal jobless benefit expired on July 31. Joe Raedle/Getty Images by  David Salkever, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a US$600 bump on…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Anger with GOP growing as $600 unemployment benefit ends

“They’re Playing With Us” “All our government wants is money in their pockets, while the people are poor and starving and scrounging.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday. August 1 Americans angry with inaction from Senate…

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Senate departs for 3-day weekend as unemployment benefits expire for 30 million

“Tens of millions of Americans on the brink of eviction and food insecurity and the Senate just left for yet another 3-day weekend.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 31 The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has…

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Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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Yale study on $600 unemployment lifeline championed by Democrats debunks favorite GOP talking point

The analysis comes as Senate Republicans are trying to cut the expanded benefits for workers who have lost jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 A new study by Yale…

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