Walorski, House Republican Leaders Urge Governors to Help Get Americans Back to Work

Friday, May 14, 2021

Walorski, House Republican Leaders Urge Governors to Help Get Americans Back to Work

Main Street Businesses Struggling to Fill More Than 8 Million Job Openings Amid Enhanced Federal Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today joined House Republican leaders in sending a letter to governors across the country asking them to help get Americans back to work and our economy back on track.

In the letter, Congresswoman Walorski, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) urged governors to adopt policies such as return-to-work bonuses that would reconnect unemployed workers with 8.1 million job openings nationwide.

“Our local job creators should not have to compete with the federal government for workers,” Reps. Walorski, McCarthy, Scalise, and Brady wrote. “Yet that’s exactly what you face in your state’s local labor markets. Not only does this hurt the ability of local employers to recover from the economic slowdown of the pandemic, it produces supply shortages at the exact moment massive amounts of consumer stimulus are pushing prices higher, risking out of control inflation. Sadly, Democrats in Congress have refused to work with Republicans on this issue.”

Read the full letter here.

Democrats extended federal supplemental unemployment benefits of $300 per week until September 6th as part of their $1.9 trillion spending bill. The American Action Forum estimates nearly 40 percent of workers could make more on unemployment at this level than they would earn by returning to work. At least 14 states have opted out of the additional payments.

Walorski and Brady recently introduced the Reopening America by Supporting Workers and Businesses Act, which would allow states to turn enhanced unemployment benefits into a one-time return-to-work bonus of either $1,200 or $600. It would also provide support for reemployment services for laid-off workers and reinstate the federal requirement that those receiving unemployment be engaged in actively searching for a job.

Earlier this week, Walorski spoke on the House floor about the ongoing impact of enhanced unemployment benefits on Main Street businesses, the American workforce, and our economic recovery. Video of her speech is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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