Federal jobless aid expires in a week. Congress isn't renewing it. "A lot of people will be harmed by this," said Andrew Stettner, a policy expert.
While the benefits from the American Rescue Plan technically expire on September 6, many recipients will be cut off a day or two earlier.
"I'm done with extensions," he told Insider. "The economy is coming back." His opposition could torpedo aid to at least 7.5 million people.
Jason Furman, who advised President Barack Obama, told Insider he favors extending unemployment aid for gig workers and the unemployed past September.
"I want the world to go back to normal. I hate it," an unemployed worker says. "I wish Biden would tell these governors: Look, your people need help."
The economic recovery suddenly looks in doubt and may not be complete by September, when benefits are set to end, but that's not on Congress's agenda.
Continuing claims, which measure the number of Americans currently receiving benefits, came in at 3.236 million.
Over half of the US states have ended their federal unemployment benefits early, but JPMorgan doesn't see evidence it's impacting the labor shortage.
Jobless workers in Indiana and Maryland temporarily won back federal unemployment - but the victories could be overturned. Now they're trying in Ohio.
A new report from Bloomberg Businessweek profiles a worker who applied for benefits in May 2020, got them only in December, and then died in March.
"I kind of feel like the rug got jerked out from under me," a Missourian told Insider, as a dozen states have now ended federal unemployment benefits.
The two law firms suing have asked for a preliminary injunction as the case proceeds, which would give benefits to Indiana residents in the interim.
The cuts in Mississippi, Missouri, Alaska, and Iowa yanks aid from 340,000 workers. More GOP states are following suit in the next two months.
The White House is shifting its tone on stimulus unemployment aid as the economy picks up more jobs and Republicans step up their attacks.
The White House said Biden's remarks didn't extend to federal programs aiding gig-workers and long-term unemployed people.
"I'd rather have a job because I feel better when I'm working myself and bringing in income. I'd much rather be working."
An administration official says they've been trying to figure out what they can do, but DOL is generally limited to administrative funding matters.