PRESIDENT Joe Biden has warned that anyone receiving unemployment who is offered a “reasonable job” must take it or face losing their benefit payments.
Biden issued the warning in a speech from the White House on Monday, shortly after releasing a disappointing government report that found the US economy added just 260,000 jobs in April.
That figure fell well below the more than million new jobs that had been projected.
Republican critics have said expanded unemployment benefits passed under Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan are to blame, claiming American’s can now earn more by staying at home rather than working.
Biden rubbished those claims in his address, insisting that “Americans want to work.”
But for those attempting to game the system, the president said there will be consequences.
“We’re going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment, who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits,” Biden said.
The president continued there are a “few Covid-19 exceptions” to the rule “so that nobody is forced to choose between their basic safety and a paycheck, but otherwise, that’s the law.”
“I know there’s been a lot of discussion since Friday, since Friday’s report, that people are being paid to stay home rather than go to work. Well, we don’t see much evidence of that,” he added.
“I think the people [who] claim Americans won’t work, even if they find a good and fair opportunity, underestimate the American people.”
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