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Biden says those collecting unemployment must take job offers ‘or lose their unemployment benefits’

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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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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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