Republicans would cut unemployment payments to ease virus

Mitch McConnell walks to his office on the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on July 22.

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Senate Republicans are proposing to cut unemployment jobless benefits to $ 200 a week from $ 600 until states can create a system that provides 70% of a laid-off worker’s previous salary, according to two people familiar with the plan.

The plan, which was agreed by the Trump administration, requires a two-month transition and then allows states to request a waiver for until Two additional months if they can’t implement the new calculation, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been released.