The $600-a-week unemployment benefit for Americans expires this week, here’s what’s next (so far)

Known as part of the CARES Act, the additional $600-a-week in unemployment benefits that many Americans have been counting on comes to an end in less than a week and some change. Even with the deadline quickly approaching — Republicans appear to be blocking most attempts to find a new fix or even an extension of some sort of much needed federal assistance.

President Trump sits at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office with Steven Mnuchin, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Mike Pence applauding behind him

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As of this writing — no decision on an extension has been made.

Republicans have no problem sending people into a housing crisis.

On 31 July — the extensive additional benefit will come to an end just as eviction bans across the U.S simultaneously also come to an end. The problem with the failure to come to a decision means that millions of Americans are now teetering on the brink of eviction — something that would create a far worse economic disaster than originally thought.

According to the latest unemployment numbers, there are roughly 17m Americans currently drawing unemployment benefits across the continental United States.Despite claims from the Trump Administration, the economy has not fully improved in the way they’ve claimed and people are still drawing benefits usually at record numbers.

Senate Republicans claim that businesses have told them that they are having a hard time pulling people back to work because they’re earning more being unemployed. While that may be true in some cases — some have argued that that in itself might be the basis for the next major discussion in America: raising the minimum wage.

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