The partisan battle over unemployment benefits will shape the future of America’s safety net — and we’re about to find out the hard way which party is in the right

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President Donald Trump’s reported opposition to extending the weekly $600 bonus to unemployment benefits isn’t unusual for his party, as Republican senators including Lindsey Graham and David Perdue have also expressed concerns over the benefit. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agrees with them, restricting access to unemployment benefits for recipients of the Payroll Protection Program legislation, billed as rescuing small businesses. The benefit is currently set to expire on July 31, and Democrats want to extend it through the end of the year. Democrats and Republicans are also divided on what a further stimulus package should look like. Several

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