The coronavirus pandemic is still roiling the economy as some workers hesitate to fill available jobs.
Democrats wanted to overhaul the unemployment system. Now, they're proposing setting bare minimum standards for states.
Both Republican- and Democratic-led states created signing bonuses for unemployment recipients.
When voters head to the polls next fall, Democrats hope they remember which party supported the benefits.
The New York Democrat admitted the enhanced pandemic benefits were still doomed but said someone at least had to try.
The Texas senator was responding to an article about unemployment benefits expiring for millions.
Federal unemployment benefits cut off Sept. 6. By the end of the month, health insurance benefits for unemployed end too.
Jobless workers in states that cut federal benefits early had much less money but were only slightly likelier to have found jobs.
The president previously said it would be good for unemployment benefits to expire.
Democrats have no desire to extend benefits for 7.5 million facing a September cutoff.