Kudlow Says Trump Admin Is Considering a Back-To-Work Bonus

While lawmakers debate the necessity of and scope of another coronavirus relief package, conservatives are voicing their concerns about extending the enhanced unemployment benefits.

White House National Economic Council head Larry Kudlow said members of President Donald Trump’s administration are looking at the idea of giving workers a bonus to return to their jobs.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has proposed giving workers a $450 bonus to incentivize workers to return to their jobs.

“Senator Portman has a good idea. He understands incentives and disincentives,” Kudlow said during an interview on Fox News when asked about Portman’s idea. He added that administration officials are looking at the idea “very carefully.”

He continued, “The trouble with the $600 plus-up, and maybe we needed it in that emergency period, but frankly, it’s a major disincentive to go back to work, and we don’t want that. We want people to go back to work.”

Watch the interview below:

Additionally, Kudlow said that the administration still supports the idea of a payroll tax cut.

Portman’s proposal of a back-to-work bonus comes as Republicans have rejected the idea of extending the enhanced unemployment benefits.

The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Congress passed in March enhanced unemployment benefits by giving Americans $600 a week on top of their state unemployment benefits.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the extended benefits would not make it into a future bill. He said, “This will not be in the next bill.”

While the extended unemployment benefits were intended to help to cushion the economic blow of losing a job during the pandemic, many Americans say they are receiving more now with their unemployment benefits than when they were working.

According to NPR, many workers have admitted that the expanded unemployment has played a role in their decisions on whether or not they want to return to their jobs.

While many workers may wish to continue receiving unemployment benefits, businesses are being encouraged to inform the government if employees refuse an offer to return to work, which could lead to their unemployment benefits being terminated.

Responses

  1. WTF. What has happened to this country? What did Americans do after Pearl Harbor? It is a virus

  2. So, in other words, this LOCK UP that the democratic governors of this country declared to enhance the idea of socialism, (telling the AMERICAN PEOPLE what they can and cannot do) is okay with you, you like being led by the nose, you like being herded… This man has done GREAT things for this country, and HE WILL CONTINUE into 2024 doing so, if any of you lowlying libtards have a problem with that, well, you now what they say…….

  3. Stay in your house little Scotty and make sure you put your mask on before driving alone with your windows up

  4. Cuomo – the Apocalypse is upon us
    Media – trump is getting everyone killed

    Trump – build hospitals, convert automobile manufacturing facilities to build ventilators that we are now giving away to other countries, convert ships to hospitals

    Cuomo – pack elderly coronavirus patients into nursing homes with the elderly
    Media – well he said he was sorry

    Hospitals in ships – never used

    Media – what about testing

    People with half a brain – I wonder how many test we would have and how close we would be to a vaccine if we weren’t building hospitals giving away ventilators and converting ships that were never used

    Media and Democrats 24 seven Russian collusion, Ukrainian hoax

    Now saying it wasn’t a hoax

    FACTS

    Biden goes on TV and brags about withholding aid if Ukraine doesn’t fire the prosecutor investigating his corruption

    Trump – you’ll never finish that investigation and Biden was bragging about withholding aid Tell you what I’m going to withhold aid if you don’t start the investigation. One day later aid is released

    Media and Democrats – Impeach. These are all facts and they are undeniable

    Your sensationalized manipulation doesn’t mean you’re telling the truth or giving the facts

  5. Yup, the idiot comment section is alive and well. Chanting “GIMME MOAR FREE STUF!” right next to “BAD ORANGE MAN”. smh.

  6. I am confused.

    So let me get this straight. The nation with the world’s highest case count on the planet, and the highest number of deaths, by far, is NOT willing pay people to keep everybody safe at home, to contain the contagion, but they ARE willing to bribe them to go back to work BEFORE the Trump pandemic is under control and before a vaccine is available.

    Do I understand this nonsense correctly?

    We are screwed.

    We must elect better politicians.

    #outnow
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    1. Trump pandemic? REALLY?? Hmmmm. don’t read much do you? Or, can’t you? Go back under your rock little demo!! Last thing we need is yet, another libtard spewing BS…. #KAGTUMP2020

  7. EXTORTION is alive and well in the most corrupt, cruel, heartless group of evil ass holes in America : THE LIVING ABORTION’S administration.

    1. So, in other words, this LOCK UP that the democratic governors of this country declared to enhance the idea of socialism, (telling the AMERICAN PEOPLE what they can and cannot do) is okay with you, you like being led by the nose, you like being herded… This man has done GREAT things for this country, and HE WILL CONTINUE into 2024 doing so, if any of you lowlying libtards have a problem with that, well, you now what they say…….

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