'Over our dead bodies:' Lindsey Graham vows Congress won't extend additional $600 coronavirus-related unemployment benefits, as U.S. death toll crosses the 60,000 mark

Source: Business Insider - View Original Article
Published: Apr 30, 2020
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96% "If your job is available to you please go back, the economy needs you back, Graham said.""
93% "Separately, the law also bolsters unemployment funds issued by individual states and makes more people eligible for the benefits.""
92% "His remarks came the day that the United States passed 60,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus, by far the greatest reported death toll in ..."
84% "Americans to a large extent are still being urged to work from home whenever possible, and not to travel for work unless they are ..."
81% "Under regular circumstances in South Carolina, unemployment insurance lasts up to 20 weeks, and the average weekly benefit amount is $236.""
80% "The senator made the remarks while appearing on an April 29 panel for accelerateSC, the coronavirus task force created by Gov. Henry McMaster to ..."
75% "Bringing those folks back to work is creating frustration among their employees, Scott said.""
72% "But Graham and Scott believed that these additional unemployment benefits would incentivize people to stay at home rather than return to work, to the ..."
69% "In South Carolina, people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus through no fault of their own are eligible for all three types ..."
68% "Proponents argued that the funds were necessary to shore up Americans' finances after social distancing and stay-at-home orders closed non-essential businesses, causing widespread job ..."

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96% : "If your job is available to you please go back, the economy needs you back," Graham said.
93% : Separately, the law also bolsters unemployment funds issued by individual states and makes more people eligible for the benefits.
92% : His remarks came the day that the United States passed 60,000 deaths caused by the coronavirus, by far the greatest reported death toll in the world.
84% : Americans to a large extent are still being urged to work from home whenever possible, and not to travel for work unless they are an essential worker.
81% : Under regular circumstances in South Carolina, unemployment insurance lasts up to 20 weeks, and the average weekly benefit amount is $236.
80% : The senator made the remarks while appearing on an April 29 panel for accelerateSC, the coronavirus task force created by Gov. Henry McMaster to examine ways to revitalize the state's economy.
75% : "Bringing those folks back to work is creating frustration among their employees," Scott said.
72% : But Graham and Scott believed that these additional unemployment benefits would incentivize people to stay at home rather than return to work, to the detriment of small business owners.
69% : In South Carolina, people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus through no fault of their own are eligible for all three types of CARES Act expanded unemployment benefits.
68% : Proponents argued that the funds were necessary to shore up Americans' finances after social distancing and stay-at-home orders closed non-essential businesses, causing widespread job losses and furloughs.
67% : "I will never let this happen again with my vote," Graham said.
66% : South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Congress would only extend a $600 unemployment benefits provided in the CARES Act "over our dead bodies" after its July expiration.
65% : The maximum benefit is $326.
64% : Graham said he and Scott would oppose any extension of the additional unemployment benefits in upcoming legislation considered by Congress.
63% : Graham and Scott argued that giving people increased unemployment benefits would incentivize them to stay home rather than return to work, therefore slowing South Carolina's economic recovery.
63% : "I promise you over our dead bodies will this get reauthorized," Graham said of himself Scott's opposition to government spending on unemployment.
61% : You cannot turn on the economy, until you get this aberration of the law of fixed."
61% : The law includes "Pandemic Unemployment Compensation" funds (FPUC), which grant people $600 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefits until July 25.
59% : "The tension is real."
54% : In an email to Insider, Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop said the senator's intent was "to ensure people do not get more in unemployment than they do going to a 40 hour a week job.
53% : Roughly 30 million people have filed for unemployment over the last six weeks.
48% : Prior to the CARES Act's passage, Graham had supported a failed amendment that would have prevented people from claiming more in unemployment than they would make in a 40-hour-a-week job, calling it a " perverse incentive which needs to be fixed.
45% : "The goal is to help people who are unemployed, to make sure that if they get unemployed, they'll have their income intact, but it was never our goal to pay people more to be out of work than at work," Graham added during a question-and-answer session, arguing that "if a person is making $23 an hour on unemployment it's going to be hard to get you go back to work for $17 hour job.
42% : Healthcare experts have warned that social distancing measures will need to remain in effect, to some degree, for several months, and may need to be loosed or tightened depending on the state of the outbreak.
38% : He was joined by his fellow Republican senator from South Carolina, Tim Scott.
33% : The CARES Act, passed by Congress in late March, provided emergency benefits to Americans who had lost their job because of the coronavirus outbreak.
27% : Scott said he had spoken to employers in South Carolina who said they had difficulty bringing people back to work because they couldn't "compete" with the unemployment stipends.
26% : "We've got to stop this.

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