Graham said the $2 trillion stimulus bill was “Bernie Sanders on steroids” in a radio interview with Sean Hannity.
He was among four GOP senators that blasted the bill for significantly boosting unemployment benefits, terming it a “massive drafting error.”
They said they would oppose quickly approving the bill unless their concerns were addressed.
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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham assailed the massive $2 trillion economic stimulus bill in a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday afternoon, calling it “Bernie Sanders on steroids.”
“This is Bernie Sanders on steroids … This is Bernie Sanders running away,” he said on the program, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate. “He could not win at the ballot box, but he’s winning in this bill.”
The coronavirus rescue package triggered a storm of criticism among four Republican senators, who argue that expanded unemployment benefits in the legislation disincentivizes people from working.
“If this is not a drafting error, then this is the worst idea I’ve seen,” Graham said on Wednesday.
They called it a “massive drafting error” that carried “devastating consequences” for the economy in a joint statement — and said they would oppose fast-tracking the mammoth economic legislation unless their concerns were addressed.
The bill would add $600 per week onto a jobless person’s benefits for up to four months. It includes provisions expanding the safety net for gig workers and freelancers, who have taken fierce hits in the economic fallout resulting from the coronavirus.
Most states pay benefits for around 26 weeks, per The New York Times. The legislation, though, sets up a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program that would prolong the benefit window to 39 weeks to include people who usually aren’t eligible, like contract workers.
People can also only collect unemployment benefits if they are fired or laid off.
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