The normally busy boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, was still largely shuttered on May 24.
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The $600 enhancement to weekly unemployment checks is ending at the end of July.
While Democrats want to extend the extra pay into next year, Republicans appear resolute in blocking an extension.
But lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum are floating other ideas, like tying aid amounts to the unemployment rate or paying a “bonus” to those who find a job.
Controversy over $600 benefits
Right-leaning lawmakers view the extra pay as a disincentive to