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Enhanced unemployment for greater than 30 million runs out in 11 days, whereas Republicans play politics

For his part, Sen. Mitch McConnell has indicated that some form of the enhanced benefits would likely be in the next bill, but he’s called the $600 boost a “mistake,” so he’s going to fight the generous benefits. But he seems to be in no hurry. The Senate doesn’t come back in until July 20, which is five days before the enhanced benefits expire. “They don’t have time, which is what is very scary about all this,” Bill Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center and former Republican staff director for the Senate Budget Committee told the Post. “It’s very irresponsible.”

It’s also McConnell’s modus operandi: Wait until the very last minute when the stakes are unbelievably high to force Democrats into submission. Never mind the harm done. Like to Tyler Kemp, a 38-year-old in Las Vegas who is unemployed because of the coronavirus, but for the very first time has felt like life isn’t quite as treacherous for him and his mother, with whom he lives, because he’s had a bit of a cushion. “If that stuff expires, it means that I won’t have any money for emergency things,” he said. “It’s like a security blanket that hasn’t been there for so long.”

Erin Walker, the furloughed dining manager, says that she and her partner, who lost his job as well, can’t possibly meet their $2,400 rent, car payment, utility, and cell phone bills on the $260 a week they would each make, after taxes, on South Carolina’s unemployment benefits. “That’s not including groceries,” she said. “There’s absolutely no way to make that math work. […] It’s very, very scary to think about,” she said. “It’s not that we don’t want to go back to work—it’s that we’re not able.”

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