Biden Admin Will Cut COVID Benefits That Benefit 9 Million Workers

Millions still rely on the additional benefits, and the administration's case for ending it is shaky at best.


The Biden administration is poised to allow additional federal unemployment benefits to expire on September 6, 528 days after they were first implemented as part of the CARES Act. That’s bad news for the 9 million-plus workers still receiving them, and it could very well mean American families losing their homes and American children going hungry. All of which begs the question: why isn’t the president trying to extend the benefits and protect those vulnerable Americans?

A letter to the chairmen of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees holds the answers. In it, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Martin Walsh explain the rationale behind allowing what they call “a critical lifeline for millions of Americans who were unemployed, through no fault of their own during the COVID pandemic” even as that pandemic takes a turn for the worse.

The Reasons Biden’s Admin is Letting Unemployment Expire:

“Our nation is getting back to work”

States can use the federal relief funds they control on unemployment benefits

two dozen GOP-controlled states that opted out of federal unemployment assistance early

Delta variant poses only short-term challenges

Delta variantthe dramatic slowdown in vaccinations per daya dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases last year

Congress will pass unemployment insurance reform as part of the reconciliation process

budget reconciliation negotiations$6 trillion budget

What happens next?