Trump administration opposes extension of additional weekly $600 unemployment benefits, as unemployment remains high during COVID-19 pandemic

US Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said Tuesday that he opposes extending an emergency $600 weekly payment to unemployed Americans. The benefits are set to expire on July 31. In May, House Democrats passed a $3 trillion stimulus measure that would extend the payments through January 2021. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Trump administration opposes a Democratic effort to extend weekly $600 payments to unemployed Americans, a US official said Tuesday, arguing that continuing the program would discourage people from returning to work.

In May, House Democrats approved a $3 trillion stimulus measured that would extend

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