Next stimulus bill breaks down over unemployment payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WNAX) – Congressional talks over the next round of economic stimulus broke down over unemployment payments.

Senate Republicans balked at continuing the $600 per week federal payments.

Under current rules, if a worker is recalled to their job and refuses, they lose their unemployment benefits. South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says its not that simple.

Rounds says the current payments put the federal government in competition with private businesses.

Rounds says they want to find help for unemployed people.

President Trump signed several executive orders over the weekend that would provide some jobless benefits if Congress can’t come up with a compromise.