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Stefanik: Bills need to be 'focused on getting people back to work'

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 31, 2020 12:24 PM
Created: July 30, 2020 01:39 PM

Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke with NewsChannel 13 about her thoughts on coronavirus-related bills currently being debated in Congress.

Stefanik says there needs to be funding for schools, and support for small businesses, particularly in tourism and seasonal industries.

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NewsChannel 13 also asked about $600 vs. $200 dollars on top of unemployment.

The congresswoman says there needs to be an incentive for workers to get back to work. She says lawmakers need to make sure a person's unemployment check isn't larger than what their paycheck was while they were still working. 

"There are lots of jobs available in the North Country and businesses are struggling to hire folks back. Because the incentive with the additional pandemic unemployment assistance is they're making more in some cases than they were in their wages at work. So we need to make sure that it's focused on getting people back to work," said Stefanik.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Stefanik's challenger in the 21st Congressional District, Tedra Cobb. She released the following statement: 

“The next round of relief packages must include funding for county and local government, funding for our schools to keep students and staff safe and maintain emergency unemployment funding for struggling families. We should not be penalizing anyone who is out of work through no fault of their own. People in the North Country want to go back to work; many of us work 2 or 3 jobs to put food on the table and keep the lights on. In many cases, there aren’t jobs for people to return too, and there won’t be until we have a consistent and realistic federal response. Congresswoman Stefanik hasn’t gotten it done. Her plan is to enable massive suffering and unspeakable cruelty.”


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