Rand Paul: Extending Unemployment Benefits is a ‘Disservice’ to Workers

The economy is in the can, and it has been for some time now and a new issue is coming about as it is time to vote on whether or not to extend unemployment benefits. Rand Paul recently said during an interview that he thinks extending the benefits would be a disservice to workers.

Currently, Americans are allowed unemployment benefits that pay a portion of the wages they would have had if they were working for 26 weeks. Under the current issue, politicians debate on whether or not to change the number from 26 to 99 weeks.

As of November, 10.9 million Americans are considered unemployed. If the vote does not pass, 1.3 million Americans stand to lose their benefits once the original 26 week runs out.

Recently, Rand Paul took to a TV interview on FOX, in order to express his concerns with extending the benefits. During the interview, he said, “I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they’re paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers.” He went on to say, “There’s a study that came out a few months ago and it said if you have a worker that’s been unemployed for 4 weeks and on unemployment insurance and one that’s on 99 weeks which would you hire? Every employer, nearly 100%, said they will always hire the person who’s been out of work 4 weeks.”

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