Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Republican whip, argued that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting "because people are being paid even though they're not working."
Unemployment insurance "doesn't create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work," Kyl said during debate over whether unemployment insurance and other benefits that expired amid GOP objections Sunday should be extended.
"I'm sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can't argue that it's a job enhancer. If anything, as I said, it's a disincentive. And the same thing with the COBRA extension and the other extensions here," said Kyl.
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Cobra is VERY EXPENSIVE, and I cannot see that as being an incentive to STAY unemployed. As far as unemployment payments go, I can UNDERSTANBD some staying on unemployment over taking a job that will pay the SAME OR LESS as unemployment. In some cases it is LESS, depending on what type of job you were laid off from.
My brother is currently laid off. YES he is on unemployment. He cannot find a job that will pay him MORE than what unemployment is paying him right now. He got laid off from a VERY GOOD paying job, and is getting good unemployment benefits. Why would he take LESS? He has a mortgage to pay, and needs every dime OFFERED to him. Fortunately for him, his job will most likely hire him BACK in April.
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