Rand Paul: Extending unemployment insurance a “disservice” to workers

The Kentucky senator implies the long-term unemployed are insufficiently motivated to go and find work

Topics: Rand Paul, Unemployment,

Rand Paul: Extending unemployment insurance a “disservice” to workersRand Paul (Credit: AP/Charles Dharapak)

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul expressed his opposition to a further extension of the nation’s long-term unemployment insurance, saying that such an extension would be “a disservice to these workers.”

“I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they’re paid for,” Paul said. “If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers. When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy.”

As the Huffington Post notes, Paul is suggesting that the 1.3 million people currently on federal unemployment benefits have their federal aid end at the end of December, when the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is scheduled to run out.

More from the Huffington Post:

But studies have shown that extended unemployment insurance does not encourage workers to stay home and watch TV rather than looking for jobs.

“It didn’t seem to reduce the job finding rate. They didn’t affect people finding jobs quickly. But for people who were unemployed a long-time, it kept them in the labor force,” Princeton University economist Henry Farber told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. Farber is one of the coauthors of a recent study on the issue.

There is bipartisan support for passing an extension. A group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), are preparing to send the GOP leadership a letter pleading for action.

A small group of House and Senate lawmakers are currently working to craft a budget. When asked on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday whether Democrats will oppose a budget that doesn’t include an extension of unemployment benefits, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) replied, “No, I don’t think we’ve reached that point where we’ve said this is it, take it or leave it.”

Elias Isquith
Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 8
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Sonic

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Sonic's Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog

    Sonic calls this a "gourmet twist" on a classic. I am not so, so fancy, but I know that sprinkling bacon and cheddar cheese onto a tube of pork is not gourmet, even if you have made a bun out of something that is theoretically French.

    Krispy Kreme

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Krispy Kreme's Doughnut Dog

    This stupid thing is a hotdog in a glazed doughnut bun, topped with bacon and raspberry jelly. It is only available at Delaware's Frawley Stadium, thank god.

    KFC

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    KFC's Double Down Dog

    This creation is notable for its fried chicken bun and ability to hastily kill your dreams.

    Pizza Hut

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

    Pizza Hut basically just glued pigs-in-blankets to the crust of its normal pizza. This actually sounds good, and I blame America for brainwashing me into feeling that.

    Carl's Jr.

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Carl's Jr. Most American Thick Burger

    This is a burger stuffed with potato chips and hot dogs. Choose a meat, America! How hard is it to just choose a meat?!

    Tokyo Dog

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Tokyo Dog's Juuni Ban

    A food truck in Seattle called Tokyo Dog created this thing, which is notable for its distinction as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive hot dog at $169. It is a smoked cheese bratwurst, covered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayo in a brioche bun. Just calm down, Tokyo Dog. Calm down.

    Interscope

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

    This album art should be illegal.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...