Here’s what happened.
According to the Daily Caller, Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy enraged White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after he questioned Biden’s stance on unemployment.
“How does the White House know that people aren’t just choosing not to apply for jobs because the extra unemployment benefits are so good?” he asked.
“Well, first, let me say that we have looked at the data, and secretary Yellen referred to this, or, talked about this, on Friday – we don’t see much evidence that the extra unemployment insurance is a major driver in people not rejoining the workforce,” Psaki responded.
“But as Bank of America economists who were cited in a Bloomberg story say, anyone making less than $32,000 a year is better off financially just taking the unemployment benefits,” Doocy said. “So is the White House creating an incentive just to stay home?”
“Well, again, the majority of economists internally and externally at the White House don’t feel that unemployment insurance – something that was done at a time to help unemployed people get through a very difficult economic downturn during a pandemic – is a major driver in our unemployment data,” the press secretary said. “That there are other factors, bigger factors, that were contributing, have been contributing, to the numbers we saw on Friday. That’s what we’re working to address. And that’s where I think our solutions should be focused.” You can read the full article here.