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Reps. Ken Buck and Ted Budd Lead Movement to Get Americans Back to Work

May 12, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Ted Budd (R-N.C.) introduced the Getting Americans Back to Work Act. This bill fixes glaring errors in the CARES Act that incentivize millions of unemployed Americans to stay out of work because they receive more income through unemployment benefits than through their previous jobs. The bill caps the amount an individual can receive from unemployment insurance at 100 percent of their previous wages.

Reps. Buck and Budd made statements following the introduction of the Getting Americans Back to Work Act:

“America's Grand Reopening starts by getting people back to work. We need to fix the glaring flaws in the CARES Act that have incentivized many Americans to remain out of work by providing more income through unemployment benefits than they would have received from their employer. A record number of Americans have lost their jobs because of this nationwide shutdown and we need to do everything we can to encourage people to safely return to their places of work. Our strong, vibrant workforce is the backbone of our nation and is the key to a full recovery," Rep. Buck said.

“As we continue to confront the effects of the Coronavirus, we have to work towards reopening our country. At a time when our unemployment rate has surged to its highest point since the Great Depression, businesses across the nation are struggling to hire workers because many individuals are receiving more money through unemployment insurance than they earned when they were working. We must do everything in our power to eliminate this perverse incentive. We have to get our fellow citizens back into the workforce as soon as possible,” Rep. Budd said.


Text of the bill can be found PDF iconHERE