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Biden says unemployed offered jobs must take them or lose benefits

EconomyMay 10, 2021 06:56PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the U.S. economy as he faces reporters in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday defended himself against critics who say expanded unemployment benefits offered in the COVID-19 relief bill passed in March are keeping Americans from taking new jobs.

Biden said the administration will remind U.S. states this week that any unemployed American offered a comparable job must take it or risk losing unemployment benefits. He is also directing the U.S. Labor Department to work with states to reinstate requirements that those receiving unemployment benefits must demonstrate they are actively looking for work.

"If you're receiving unemployment benefits and you're offered a suitable job, you can't refuse that job and just keep getting unemployment benefits," Biden said.

Republican lawmakers blamed a bad jobs report last week on the Democratic president's decision to offer expanded unemployment benefits through August. Some Republican governors have scrapped the added benefits, directing the additional dollars elsewhere.

Biden says unemployed offered jobs must take them or lose benefits
 

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ZS Beck
ZS Beck May 10, 2021 8:43PM ET
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Please leave me alone, summer is coming. Just send me the money.
Peemil Nicho
Peemil Nicho May 10, 2021 7:11PM ET
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copy thailand and venezuala
Mir Chang
Mir Chang May 10, 2021 7:11PM ET
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Hyperinflation coming soon.
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi May 10, 2021 4:42PM ET
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Got extra money each money each month who wants to work !?
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi May 10, 2021 4:39PM ET
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We are defentely miss Trump
Notvery Goodathis
Peteymcletey May 10, 2021 4:30PM ET
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the states that got the biggest bailouts had higher unemployment that they inflicted on themselves....how about since the money is already doled out, we walk that back? thanks
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye May 10, 2021 4:09PM ET
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This just in: Biden considering plan to give unemployment $ to people AFTER they go back to work. Plan is called "6Ms" - Mo' money, Mo' money, Mo' money !
MK MK
MK MK May 10, 2021 3:17PM ET
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Go back to work, lazy bustards yankies
danny Levine
danny Levine May 10, 2021 3:14PM ET
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I refuse. keep the stimulus checks coming!
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grasshopper May 10, 2021 3:10PM ET
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Bliden never job in his life
ben sc
ben sc May 10, 2021 3:04PM ET
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he's just following DeSantis lead now.
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi May 10, 2021 3:03PM ET
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New York City will give Cash assistsnce to unfocumented aliens
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi May 10, 2021 3:01PM ET
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Market is down They have no idea how yo manege the stockmarket
MK MK
MK MK May 10, 2021 3:01PM ET
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You are fool. Goverment should not care about even 10% fall
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi May 10, 2021 3:01PM ET
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MK MK Govement should care about stock market down 20-25 % per week
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi May 10, 2021 3:01PM ET
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MK MK stiupid !!!
Lucas Marcum
Lucas Marcum May 10, 2021 2:59PM ET
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libs losing their minds right now
Lucas Marcum
Lucas Marcum May 10, 2021 2:59PM ET
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libs losing their minds right now 🤣
Jack Hoodie
Jack Hoodie May 10, 2021 2:55PM ET
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lol people are gonna make sure the job interview goes bad to hold their benefits
Jody Raymond
Jody Raymond May 10, 2021 2:49PM ET
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OK...So everyone collecting is going to tell on themselves ...laughable. Sounds about right from that senile old guy.
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WickedDaddy May 10, 2021 2:48PM ET
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"Suitable" means it needs to pay more than unemployment.
Rodolfo Barraco
Rodolfo Barraco May 10, 2021 2:48PM ET
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Wellcome to venezuela cuba and argentina. You just broke the US. Enjoy comunism!
Robert Alex
Robert Alex May 10, 2021 2:48PM ET
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That's right. How dare these peasants not get back to working hard for their wages!? The Walton, Mars, and DuPont families are barely living off table scraps. These people are so unreasonable to not go back to living off $600 every 2 weeks!
Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez May 10, 2021 2:47PM ET
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lazies
Bobby Armstrong
Bobby Armstrong May 10, 2021 2:44PM ET
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Good luck enforcing that one, Uncle Joe.
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl May 10, 2021 2:42PM ET
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I mean what's the point! Is it a moral rebuke? Who cares what Biden said as long as the Americans remain at their homes? How will he ensure that someone refused a job? Risiculous.
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A_Jaundiced_Eye May 10, 2021 2:42PM ET
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The program runs out in Sept.  By the time the gov'mt investigates, it'll be Christmas!
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 10, 2021 2:39PM ET
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Come on, man.
Jo Pa
Jo Pa May 10, 2021 2:35PM ET
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Yeahhhhhhhh right
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 10, 2021 2:31PM ET
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Watch conservstives ignore this one lmao
logan ke
logan ke May 10, 2021 2:31PM ET
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States rolled back the requirement to actually apply for a job to get unemployment so this is irrelevant as you do not have to accept a job if you never try to get one. So conservatives are right in the fact that Biden's policies are not getting people back to work. Why work when you get increased unemployment, increased food stamps, money for cable and a new device to stream tv while you do nothing to contribute to society.
James Pattison
James Pattison May 10, 2021 2:30PM ET
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Build back badabadoo
 
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