Congresswoman Jackie Walorski says she glad Gov. Eric Holcomb is ending all federal unemployment benefits associated with COVID relief, beginning June 19. She made a video thanking Holcomb, also pointing out she and several other Republicans sent a letter to governors last week, asking them to end the benefits.
“It is so unfair for CEOs in my district and in the state of Indiana trying to compete with the federal government for workers,” she said in the video, released after Holcomb’s Monday decision was made public.
Some Democrats have pointed out that people have different reasons for not returning to the workforce. Holcomb said the end of the benefits won’t solve the employment problem completely. But, other Republican governors have done the same thing, hoping to give people incentive to get back to work.
“This isn’t just a restaurant issue. This is a manufacturing issue. This is a mom and pop issue. It’s impossible and unfair to compete with that kind of money that’s rolling in from the federal government,” she said.
Walorski represents Indiana’s 2nd District, which is north central Indiana. She has said in the past few weeks that several businesses have closed, in addition to the ones having chronic issues with employee shortages.
In the letter, Walorski, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) urged governors to adopt policies such as return-to-work bonuses that would reconnect unemployed workers with 8.1 million job openings nationwide.
Holcomb pointed out Monday that Indiana has 116,000 jobs to fill, including new jobs from Amazon, Apple, Toyota and Milwaukee Tool.
“Our local job creators should not have to compete with the federal government for workers,” reads the letter. “Yet that’s exactly what you face in your state’s local labor markets. Not only does this hurt the ability of local employers to recover from the economic slowdown of the pandemic, it produces supply shortages at the exact moment massive amounts of consumer stimulus are pushing prices higher, risking out of control inflation. Sadly, Democrats in Congress have refused to work with Republicans on this issue.”