Following the release of the April jobs report on Friday, President Biden addressed the public Monday to clarify his unemployment policy. “We’re going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits,” Biden said. “That’s the law . . . We’ll insist that the law is followed with respect to benefits.”
“There’s been a lot of discussion . . . that people are getting paid to stay home rather than go to work,” Biden said, referring to the reaction to the lack luster jobs report. “We’re not seeing evidence of that.”
Just before Biden’s statement, Press Secretary Jen Psaki alluded to that same point earlier Monday.
“The majority of economists, internally and externally of the White House, don’t feel that unemployment insurance – something that was done at a time where, to help unemployed people get through a very difficult economic downturn, during a pandemic – is a major driver in our unemployment data, that there are other factors, bigger factors that were contributing,’ Psaki said.
She said one factor could be the low number of vaccinations at the time the data was recorded.
About 22 million people lost their job during this pandemic “to no fault of their own” Biden said. Yet still, there are 8 million fewer jobs today than when the pandemic started.
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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis
The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.
“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”
“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”
“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.
“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.
“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’ I said, is it being studied right now? Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”
“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.
DOOCY: "Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?"
JEAN-PIERRE: "Yes we are." pic.twitter.com/V5XKhgcmAJ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 8, 2021
The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.
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