US food banks brace for demand as Republicans end unemployment benefits

19.3 million adults said in late May that their households didn’t get enough food to eat while several states have started to cut benefits Food banks in many states across the US are bracing for a surge in demand for food aid due to Republican governors ending federal extended unemployment benefits early in a moveContinue reading “US food banks brace for demand as Republicans end unemployment benefits”

Stimulus Checks Cause Some To Lose Disability Benefits

Legal aid attorneys say the government is mistakenly docking benefits because of coronavirus rebate payments. Stimulus payments aren’t supposed to count against eligibility for social insurance programs like disability benefits, but some people might have lost benefits because of too much money in their bank accounts. The Social Security Administration has suspended disability benefits forContinue reading “Stimulus Checks Cause Some To Lose Disability Benefits”

Joe Biden Doesn’t Want To Fight Republicans Over Unemployment Benefits

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and worker advocates say the president can save the benefits if he wants. President Joe Biden could stop Republican-led states from fully cutting federal unemployment benefits, at least according to labor advocates and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), but Biden seems uninterested. More than a dozen Republican governors have said they’ll cancelContinue reading “Joe Biden Doesn’t Want To Fight Republicans Over Unemployment Benefits”

‘Ill-informed and cruel’: Growing number of GOP-led states move to end Covid unemployment benefits

President Joe Biden urged businesses to boost pay for workers to spur labor growth in a speech Monday, saying, “Americans want to work.” A growing number of Republican-led states are moving to end the extra $300 a week in Covid-19 pandemic-related unemployment benefits, arguing that the relief is discouraging U.S. workers from rejoining the laborContinue reading “‘Ill-informed and cruel’: Growing number of GOP-led states move to end Covid unemployment benefits”

Biden administration allocates $21.6B in rental assistance

The Biden administration is allocating $21.6 billion to provide emergency rental assistance to help prevent evictions of people who lost jobs during the pandemic The Biden administration announced the allocation of $21.6 billion in emergency rental assistance to help prevent evictions of people who lost jobs during the pandemic. The administration also announced changes FridayContinue reading “Biden administration allocates $21.6B in rental assistance”

Pay a Living Wage or ‘Flip Your Own Damn Burgers’: Progressives Blast Right-Wing Narrative on Jobs

“If one in four recipients are making more off unemployment than they did working, that’s not an indictment of $300 a week in UI benefits. It’s an indictment of corporations paying starvation wages.” Pushing back on the right-wing narrative about the reason for real or perceived labor shortages in some markets nationwide, progressives on FridayContinue reading “Pay a Living Wage or ‘Flip Your Own Damn Burgers’: Progressives Blast Right-Wing Narrative on Jobs”

Republicans tout funding from COVID relief bill they unanimously opposed

A number of Republican lawmakers are celebrating and promoting provisions of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan in their home constituencies, despite unanimously voting against the sweeping COVID rescue bill, AP writes. Why it matters: Polling suggests the $1.9 trillion plan, the defining legislative victory of Biden’s presidency thus far, is widely popular among the American public. Democrats haveContinue reading “Republicans tout funding from COVID relief bill they unanimously opposed”

Biden expanding summer food program for 34M schoolchildren

The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed up to 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months  The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million schoolchildren during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March. The Agriculture Department is announcing Monday that itContinue reading “Biden expanding summer food program for 34M schoolchildren”

Mike Pence skiing holiday at height of pandemic cost taxpayers $757,000, report reveals

Former vice president took trip even as his own task force asked people to stay at home Mike Pence’s controversial skiing holiday in Colorado at the height of the coronavirus pandemic broke federal guidelines and cost cost taxpayers at least $757,000 (£544,000) in security costs alone, a watchdog report has revealed. The then-vice president and his familyContinue reading “Mike Pence skiing holiday at height of pandemic cost taxpayers $757,000, report reveals”

Joe Biden scores first legislative win as House passes $1.9T COVID-19 relief package

‘The American people need to know their government is there for them,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says U.S. President Joe Biden had his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion US coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimumContinue reading “Joe Biden scores first legislative win as House passes $1.9T COVID-19 relief package”

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