Unemployment Benefits Expire for Millions Without Pushback From Biden

September 07, 2021

Business lobbyists and Republican lawmakers have blamed the benefits for the difficulties some business have faced in hiring workers.© Oliver Contreras for The New York Times President Biden and his advisers have pointedly refused to call on Congress to extend the benefits further.Soon after the backlash began, Mr. Biden defended the benefits but called on the Labor Department to ensure that unemployed workers who declined job offers would lose their aid.Mr. Biden and his administration did not fight them, angering progressives.Even in the industries that have had the hardest time finding workers, many people don’t expect a sudden surge in job applications once the benefits expire.