Jobless benefits spat snags Senate’s US$2 trillion relief package

Some Republicans Senators are arguing that the US$600 joblessness benefits offered under the US$2 trillion economic aid package for Covid-19 is too much and might encourage firms to lay off employees. – EPA pic, March 26, 2020.

REPUBLICAN opposition to expanding certain unemployment benefits yesterday delayed Senate passage of the largest economic rescue package in modern US history, amid fears that New York could be the next epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States now has over 65,000 confirmed cases, the third-highest number globally behind China and Italy. About half are in New York state.

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