Trump Wanted To Disperse Unemployment Benefits Via Imaginary Federal System

Trump Wanted To Disperse Unemployment Benefits Via Imaginary Federal System
Donald Trump

Donald Trump took to Twitter today to lay the blame on Democrats for any delays Americans see in receiving additional unemployment funds provided under coronavirus relief legislation.

“Blame the Democrats for any ‘lateness’ in your Enhanced Unemployment Insurance,” Trump tweeted.

“I wanted the money to be paid directly, they insisted it be paid by states for distribution,” Trump added. “I told them this would happen, especially with many states which have old computers.”

As I’m sure you know, there is no federal system by which unemployment benefits can be paid. All unemployment is paid via each individual state.

The $2.2 trillion emergency relief package overwhelmingly passed in Congress last month expanded the size and scope of unemployment benefits, kicking in an additional $600 to weekly unemployment checks.

The legislation also expanded benefits to include freelance workers, self-employed and participants in the gig economy. One of the issues delaying these benefits is the fact that states have never paid benefits to those workers, so the sign-up process has required adapting systems in every state.

But many people report encounters of crashing systems and busy phone lines as states struggle with unprecedented unemployment levels.

CNN reports payments will be applied retroactively for claims starting March 29 in most, if not all, states.