Brady: We Must Connect Workers With Jobs To Avoid Permanent Unemployment | Stephanie Ruhle | MSNBC

published on July 17, 2020

At Walmart, Target, and other fine stores >>> BREAKING NEWS THIS and other fine stores >>> BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING — WE LEARNED ANOTHER 13 MILLION AMERICANS FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THIS PAST WEEK

THIS AS A NUMBER OF BENEFITS THAT ARE KEEPING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AFLOAT COULD BE COMING TO AN END THE EXTRA 600 BUCKS IN WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT IS SET TO EXPIRE IN

JUST ABOUT TWO WEEKS AND A NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESS PPP LOANS WILL RUN OUT IN THE COMING WEEKS AND EVICTION RELIEF ON FEDERAL HOUSING ENDS JULY 25th

IT COULD BE A PERFECT STORM ALL OF THIS AS LAWMAKERS DEBATE IF THEY WILL PASS ANOTHER RELIEF BILL AND WHAT THAT RELIEF WOULD LOOK LIKE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN FROM THE

STATE OF TEXAS, KEVIN BRADY, JOINS US NOW THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME

WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE NEXT RELIEF BILL AND WHAT DO YOU THINK NEEDS TO BE IN IT >> YEAH, SO THANKS FOR HAVING ME WE HAVE TWO TOP PRIORITIES HERE

WE WANT FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THEIR LIVES SAFELY AND SENSIBLY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE BOTH HEALTHY LIVES AND ACHIEVE A HEALTHY ECONOMY

THE WAY WE DO THAT, WHILE KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON THE VIRUS CLEARLY, WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE TEMPORARILY UNEMPLOYED AREN’T PERMANENTLY UNEMPLOYED

AND THAT FOCUS HAS TO BE RECONNECTING WORKERS WITH THEIR PREVIOUS JOBS OR A GOOD JOB SECONDLY, WE NEED TO — >> BUT MANY, MANY, MANY OF THE —

>> IF I MAY JUST FINISH, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE RETURNING TO HEALTHY WORKPLACES THAT’S WHY THIS WEEK, WAYS AND MEANS REPUBLICANS INTRODUCED A TAX CREDIT TO HELP SHOULDER THE

COST FOR BUSINESSES ON TESTING, PPE AND RECONFIGURING THEIR WORKPLACES JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE HEALTHY AND SAFE FOR THE WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS >> BUT MANY OF THOSE EMPLOYERS

AREN’T HIRING AGAIN WE HAVE SEEN THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES BASICALLY GIVE UP AND SHUT DOWN WILL YOU VOTE TO EXTEND THE $600 IN WEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS?

IT’S EXPIRING IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS >> SO TWO POINTS ONE, THE SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM INDEX TODAY IS OVER 100 IT HASN’T BEEN THAT LEVEL SINCE

BEFORE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC SECONDLY, ABOUT 40% OF THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES CANNOT FIND WORKERS TO RETURN TO WORK BECAUSE THOSE FEDERAL BENEFITS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO HELP

PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK, PROVED TO BE SO GENEROUS THAT MANY AMERICANS RECEIVE MORE MONEY TO NOT WORK THAN TO GO BACK TO WORK AND AS A RESULT, WE’RE SEEING — AND MY WORRY,

OBVIOUSLY, IS IF THAT IS EXTENDED, NOT ONLY WILL WE PUT A LOT OF OUR MAIN STREET BUSINESSES AT RISK, THIS RECOVERY WILL BE SLOWER, AND MY MAIN WORRY IS, IF WORKERS DO

NOTHING BUT STAY HOME AND RIDE THOSE CHECKS OUT, MY WORRY IS THAT WHEN THEY ARE READY TO COME BACK TO WORK, THAT BUSINESS MAY NOT BE THERE THE JOB MAY NOT BE THERE

SO THERE IS COMMON GROUND HOW WE HELP THOSE WHO ARE LAID OFF WHILE WE REMOVE THE — REALLY THE DISINCENTIVES TO RECONNECT AND ONE THING I APPRECIATE ABOUT YOU IS THAT YOU REALLY GIVE

ACCURATE INFORMATION YOU KNOW, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE THE FOUNDATION FOR HELPING UNEMPLOYED WORKERS THEY’VE BEEN EXTENDED IN MOST STATES FOR A FULL YEAR

THAT’S THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET RIGHT THERE THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE HELP PEOPLE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WHO ARE LAID OFF BUT ALSO HELP THEM RECONNECT

>> SIR, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, PLEASE, THE SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM IS BECAUSE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE JUST DESPERATE TO REOPEN IF YOU OWNED A RESTAURANT, A

BARBER SHOP, A GYM, AN INDEPENDENT MOM AND POP STORE, DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK YOU WOULD BE OPTIMISTIC AND YOUR BIGGEST HURDLE IS THAT YOU COULDN’T GET WORKERS BACK?

GIVE ME A BREAK COME ON >> HERE IN TEXAS, I’VE BEEN IN A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES WHO TOLD ME THE PPP LOANS SAVED THEIR BUSINESS

BUT THEY COULDN’T CONVINCE A SINGLE WORKER TO COME BACK TO WORK IN A SAFE, SUITABLE WORKPLACE AS A RESULT, I’LL TELL YOU THIS IT’S GOING TO SLOW THE ECONOMY

SO I THINK WHAT’S KEY HERE, UNLESS YOU REALLY BELIEVE WE SHOULD PAY PEOPLE MORE NOT TO WORK THAN TO WORK, WHICH I DON’T THINK MANY AMERICANS BELIEVE, IS, LET’S RECONNECT THOSE

WORKERS THAT’S WHY WE, TOO, HAVE INTRODUCED A RETURN TO WORK BONUS THAT DOES BOTH THINGS HELPS PEOPLE WHEN THEY CAN’T FIND JOBS BUT CREATES

INSOENTIVES TO COME BACK WHEN THEY HAVE THAT SUITABLE JOB OFFER >> SIR, OF COURSE, I WOULD AGREE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK

IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO PAY PEOPLE JUST TO STAY HOME BUT LET’S LOOK AT RESTAURANTS SPECIFICALLY FOR US TO SIMPLY SAY, GO TAKEOUT, GO OUTDOOR DINING

BARS AREN’T GOING TO BE OPEN THAT WORKS IF YOU ARE A CHAIN RESTAURANT OR A FAST CASUAL RIGHT NOW, THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION HAS PUT BEFORE CONGRESS A BILL TO SAVE

SPECIFICALLY RESTAURANTS $120 BILLION, THE RESTAURANT ACT IS THAT SOMETHING YOU COULD GET BEHIND? YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THIS ISN’T

ABOUT, OH, WE CAN’T GET WAITERS BACK TO WORK >> WELL, ACTUALLY, THAT IS PART OF THE CHALLENGE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION WILL TELL YOU THAT IS A HUGE CHALLENGE FOR

THEM WE SEE THAT HERE IN TEXAS AS WELL BUT I TOOK A LOOK AT THEIR RECOVERY PACKAGE I THINK THERE ARE SEVERAL KEY

ELEMENTS THERE THAT CONGRESS WILL INCLUDE IN THE STIMULUS PACKAGE BECAUSE I AGREE THERE ARE CERTAIN PARTS OF OUR INDUSTRIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE SLOWER TO RECOVER THAN OTHERS

WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT BOTH FOR THE WORKERS AND THE BUSINESSES THAT’S WHY IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT CONGRESS NOT JUST THROW MONEY AROUND AND HOPE IT HELPS

LET’S CREATE TARGETED RELIEF THAT HELPS GET THESE WORKERS BACK TO WORK, HELPS THESE BUSINESSES RIDE THIS OUT I THINK THAT TARGETED, SMART PRO-GROWTH POLICY, THAT WILL

HELP >> DO YOU CONSIDER THAT SOME PEOPLE AREN’T GOING BACK TO WORK NOT BECAUSE THEY LOVE GETTING THIS MONEY BUT THEY DON’T YET FEEL SAFE?

IT’S BEEN SO POLITICIZED WEARING MASKS, FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU WORKED IN A BAR OR RESTAURANT AND YOU HAD PATRONS THAT WEREN’T WILLING TO COMPLY, THAT’S WHY WALMART JUST PUT THE

MASK — THE MASK DEMAND IN PLACE THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING THEY DON’T FEEL SAFE TO GO BACK >> IN TEXAS, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON’T FEEL SAFE

GOING BACK, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT JOB OFFER I THINK THAT MAKES GREAT SENSE BUT I ALSO SEE BUSINESSES THAT ARE NOW TAKING VERY SERIOUSLY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SOCIAL

DISTANCE DISTANCING, FOR THE PPE, FOR TESTING, FOR MASKS, WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING ISN’T POSSIBLE BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, THE CASES WE’RE SEEING IN TEXAS,

THEY AREN’T COMING FROM PEOPLE AT WORK OTHER THAN IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AS YOU’VE IMAGINED IT ISN’T COMING FROM INTERACTIONS IN THE RETAIL

ESTABLISHMENT IT IS IN THE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS, THAT UNDER 35 AGE GROUP THAT’S WHERE OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS AND WHAT I HAVE

SEEN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS SAY DRAMATIC INCREASE IN URGENCY BY THE GOVERNOR AND LOCAL BUSINESSES TO SET THE TONE THEMSELVES IN THEIR BUSINESS WITH THEIR WORKERS AND THEIR

CUSTOMERS I THINK THAT’S GOING TO HELP US

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