U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., has been hitting the hustings, trying to explain to every American who will listen that the so-called unemployment benefit enhancements are helping keep the economy in the doldrums, especially in the state’s still suffering from lockdowns imposed during the COVID pandemic.

“One of the things I hear every time I go back home is this unemployment issue,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’ve got companies that have signs in every single window as you drive through the highways, and the roads, and streets in my district. They can’t hire. They can’t even get people to respond to an interview, because in Indiana with the unemployment [benefit] rate being $400 a week plus the supplemental unemployment at another $300 a week – $700 per week, $2800 a month – they’re not going to work.”

“Our unemployment rate is below 4 percent,” she continued during an interview with Newsmax TV. “And if there’s anything to get people out of the house and back to work, that’s the only thing that will spur this economy.”

Walorski has been a leader in the effort spearheaded by congressional Republicans to pass legislation that would transform the Pelosi/Schumer enhanced unemployment benefits into return-to-work bonuses.

As the top Republican on the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, Walorski recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Main Street job creators on challenges they face in hiring the workers they need. The South Bend Tribune – a major newspaper in Walorski’s Indiana congressional district — last week reported local business owners are “competing against enhanced unemployment benefits and other programs that were established to help people during the height of the pandemic. And they’re worried that a robust recovery could be hampered by a shortage of workers.”

The $1.9 trillion spending bill Democrats passed into law extended supplemental unemployment benefits of $300 per week until September 6th, the House Ways and Means Committee said in a release. The American Action Forum estimates nearly 40 percent of workers could make more on unemployment at this level than they would earn by returning to work.

Walorski, Brady, and 13 other Republicans introduced the Reopening America by Supporting Workers and Businesses Act of 2021, which would allow states to turn enhanced unemployment benefits into a one-time return-to-work bonus of either $1,200 or $600. It would also provide support for reemployment services for laid-off workers and reinstate the federal requirement that those receiving unemployment be engaged in actively searching for a job.

Peter Roff is a former U.S. News & World Report contributing editor now affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations. He appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. Reach him by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.


      1. That’s the problem Americans aren’t aware of: They’re ALL “Commiecrats”. The only “Conservative” aspects of our leadership consist of platitude pearls being cast among the swine to convince their constituents that they have a voice. We don’t HAVE a voice, since the media and internet have quite handily silenced public opposition to the process of implementing a Socialist government. We’re also being deprived of our other ‘voices’; those being the reports from our Constitutionally provided weapons.

    1. The cards are stacked against us but we can still stick together and win I’ll never give up my rights as a free American no matter what the cost. As people used to say during the Cold War, “better dead than red “.

      1. We “stuck together” to install a non-politician President to drain our Washington swamp and try to restore American Sovereignty, National Security and Economic Vitality. What we got was this phony virus that accorded liberals the means to garner votes from non-citizens, or from other questionable sources. Not only that, they forced us to get vaccinations and wear masks, socially distance ourselves and dance to their other tunes. These liberals are control freaks, and they demonstrate those tendencies constantly. If we’re supposed to “Stick Together” in order to reverse this process, we’ll have to recognize and acknowledge that we’re up against a juggernaut of determined and nefarious zealots who know no bounds to their powers to stop us.

      2. I agree with you. That was the reason we fight in wars is to make sure we Americans stay free

  1. There is no way the democommies will let this legislation pass! They need to keep the lemmings on the dole to control them!

  2. Yes!! Republicans like this one have the right answer. It’s not through doling out borrowed money, ballooning our debt, and increasing our citizen’s government dependence as the Democrats want to do.

  3. This is what this regime is about, they want a WELFARE STATE, they want people dependent on the gov’t. You know who’s getting the next stimulus first, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, also do you know that vaccines earmarked for Az. are being sent to India instead, (punishment?) Can’t ALL PEOPLE SEE THE HYPOCRISY, THE COVER UPS, THE LIES THAT RUN THIS CURRENT REGIME. biden must be STOPPED!!!

  4. ❤💥👍CHRISTrumpOwensWalorski and all his US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2022/2024 Reelected Landslide
    Amen & Amen👍💥❤

  5. Of course there is a shortage of workers! They are all at home on lockdown, drawing FREE stimulus paychecks. You can bet this discourages their availability. So many at entry-level are perfectly happy to sit at home and draw free $$$. It becomes habitual. Also, unemployment compensation is not pro-rated: You take one lousy little one-time gig, you forfeit all your unemployment. It’s true or at least it used to be; I’ve been there.

  6. These huge unemployment benefits are designed by the communist democrats in Washington to keep people out of work and to destroy the economies of Republican run red states. Free money leads to laziness, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide. We must outlaw the democrat party and imprison it’s leaders.

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