President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House on Monday.President Joe Biden’s administration won’t seek to reinstate enhanced weekly $300 unemployment benefits set to expire on Sept. 6 and is instead urging states that want to continue the extra payments to use their share of COVID-19 rescue funds.

“The temporary $300 boost in benefits will expire on September 6th, as planned,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh co-wrote in a letter to lawmakers Thursday. “As President Biden has said, the boost was always intended to be temporary and it is appropriate for that benefit boost to expire.”

The enhanced benefits, designed to help Americans who lost jobs because of the pandemic, were enacted in the federal CARES Act under former President Donald Trump last year. The boost, originally $600 but later cut in half, was extended twice, most recently to Sept. 6 under Biden’s American Rescue Plan that Congress passed in March.

Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to 5.4%. Several states with Republican governors have already opted out of the benefits, slamming the extra money as a financial disincentive for the unemployed to get back to work.

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