Ted Cruz to millions losing unemployment benefits: 'Um, get a job?'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (R-Texas) reacted to news of millions of Americans losing their unemployment benefits over the weekend by suggesting out-of-work people should "get a job." 

In a tweet sent late Monday night, Cruz shared with his followers a headline from The Associated Press reading "Jobless Americans have few options as benefits expire." 

"Um, get a job?" Cruz commented. "There are millions of vacancies, and small businesses across the Nation are desperate for workers." 


The emergency federal jobless benefits ended on Labor Day, while another 3 million people will lose their additional $300 boost to state unemployment benefits barring government intervention, The Hill previously reported

The AP reported there are currently no plans from the White House to extend unemployment benefits. And no states appear inclined to take action either, The Washington Post reported

Weekly applications for jobless benefits also hit a new post-lockdown low in the week ending Aug. 28, with the seasonally adjusted total of initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 340,000, falling by 14,000 from the previous week’s revised level. 


Cruz's tweet drew the ire of several critics on Twitter.