The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that roughly 6.6 million Americans filed unemployment claims this past week, bringing the 2-week total to nearly 10 million.
CBS notes that the new numbers likely undershoot the actual number of Americans now out of work, as states have had trouble actually tallying the total number of jobless claims.
President Donald Trump signaled he wants to include a $2 trillion infrastructure component into the Phase 4 coronavirus stimulus plan. He tweeted on Monday that, “with interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill.” (RELATED: Trump Signals Phase 4 Coronavirus Stimulus Will Include $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill)
Trump noted the new push would “be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country!”
With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill. It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2020
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told Daily Caller that “Trump has called on all Americans to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and as always the American people are responding with great spirit.”
“Last week, President Trump quickly signed historic legislation that helps American workers confront and respond to the many economic challenges ahead such as increased unemployment claims,” he continued. “His signature ensures access to incentives for businesses to retain workers and continue paying them, as well as enhanced unemployment benefits.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also expressed her willingness to begin negotiating the next phase of the coronavirus stimulus, infrastructure component and all. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, however, cautioned against immediately rushing into negotiations on another spending bill.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.