Trump: Extend Unemployment Benefits for Three Months

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 09:23 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Real-estate and entertainment mogul Donald Trump said Monday he supported a bipartisan plan to extend unemployment benefits for another three months.

"I sort of like the idea of the three-month extension that the Republicans and Democrats are trying to get on with," Trump told "Fox & Friends."

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Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada introduced a bill last month to extend unemployment benefits for three months. Long-term unemployment benefits expired Dec. 28 in the budget plan passed by Congress in December.

Extending unemployment benefits has the support of some Republicans, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. He told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday he would be in favor of the move, as long as there was a way to pay for it, and not "borrow money from China, or simply to print up money for it."

Trump said a problem was people drawing unemployment who were not looking for work, but were instead "sitting back and not pulling their weight." He maintained the country was not the same as it was in decades past, when hard work led to success.

"You just can't work hard enough. And you work long hours — forget about the eight-hour days. You work 20-hour days. It seems we're getting away from that," he said.

People should consider a move to another area of the country where jobs are more plentiful, Trump said. Though it may be hard to leave, he suggested people "go to a place that's really productive."

"It's hard for people to do that, because we're all set in our ways. And you grow up in a certain area and you're supposed to work there. And that's supposed to be it.

"I would say, 'get up. Get out. Go to those areas. Move there. Move there permanently and have a good life,'" he said.

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