Senate Republicans want to reduce the $600 payment to $200 until states can implement a new approach that would pay workers 70 percent of the income they collected before they lost their jobs. The states are supposed to phase in the new formula within two months.
The Republican package will also propose cutting the current $600-per-week increase to $200-per-week as states implement the transition to the new wage replacement mechanism, these people said, as many state unemployment systems are expected to have difficulty implementing the more targeted program.
The new plan was discussed on an internal call with congressional Republican staffers on Monday, one of the people said. It appeared to be a new development. On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied in a Fox News Sunday interview that they would propose lowering the unemployment benefit to a specific dollar amount, saying instead it would be based on a formula.