Unemployment Insurance Provisions Threaten America's Workforce

Press Releases · Mar 25, 2020

Washington—Heritage Action for America released the following statement from Jessica Anderson, vice president of Heritage Action:

The unemployment insurance provisions in the CARES Act threaten America's workforce. Instead of protecting workers, they create a situation in which employees are better off being fired than remaining employed during this pandemic-created economic downturn.

Paul Winfree of the Heritage Foundation explains:

"As currently drafted, the CARES Act will cripple the economy by pushing people away from their employers and onto unemployment insurance. This will ultimately hurt workers who will be better off remaining attached to their jobs so that when the pandemic subsides we can all get back to work as quickly as possible. The primary goal of policymakers should be to keep Americans attached to their employers, not government programs.”

Senators Graham, Sasse, Tim Scott, and Rick Scott are right - this should not be allowed to stand. Our government should be supporting gainful employment, not undercutting it. The Senate should vote today to fix it.