Reps. Estes, Mann, LaTurner Urge Gov. Kelly to Encourage Return to Work

WASHINGTON – Following Missouri and other states' move to opt-out of expanded unemployment benefits, Reps. Ron Estes, Tracey Mann and Jake LaTurner are urging Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to encourage Kansans to return to work by ending our state's participation in the federal unemployment program.

"Expanded unemployment was intended to assist hurting families during the worst part of the pandemic when many Kansans were unemployed at no fault of their own," said Rep. Estes. "It has been more than a year since the pandemic's beginning, and we are beginning to see a return to normalcy thanks to the rapid development of safe and effective vaccines. Yet small businesses are still struggling to keep their doors open because the government is paying people to stay home instead of work. Our neighboring state of Missouri has opted out of enhanced unemployment benefits – a move that will help encourage work and a return to normalcy, and something that Kansas should replicate."

"I have continually advocated for reopening our economy and getting people back to work," said Rep. Mann. "Expanded unemployment at a time when small businesses and other employers are searching for workers is federal government interference to normal order. It’s time to take off the masks, reopen our businesses and schools, and get back on track."

"Last week’s disappointing jobs report highlights the massive problems with trillions of dollars in wasteful spending and paying people not to work," said Rep. LaTurner. "While I am very sympathetic to those who have lost their jobs because of the once-in-a-generation pandemic, we are beginning to emerge from this dark chapter. That means it is critical that we encourage Kansans to get back to work. Policies championed by Democrats that embrace permanent welfare will dramatically thin our workforce, cripple small businesses, and rob capable individuals of the dignity that comes with hard work. We cannot sustain this. It is time to fully reopen Kansas and the rest of America."

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