Three Republicans call for layoff language fix before Senate coronavirus bill vote

  • Three Republicans call for layoff language fix before Senate coronavirus bill vote

Three Republicans call for layoff language fix before Senate coronavirus bill vote

His colleagues Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) have expressed similar concerns. A defeat for his amendment would clear the way for a late-night vote on the larger bill, he said.

"And you have Republican senators worry that these low-income workers like getting too much money from unemployment", he added.

The push to change the deal threatened a delicate bipartisan arrangement. Sen. Bernie Sanders later released a statement saying that unless the senators drop their "anti-worker objections", he is prepared to block the legislation in order to impose "strong conditions on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund". They asked that jobless insurance be capped at 100 per cent of a laid-off worker's salary. It's supported by Sens.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., center, accompanied by Sen.

"This bill pays you more not to work than if you were working", Graham said during a press conference Wednesday.

The unemployment provision was among the things Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) celebrated as a victory for the Democrats.

"Let me just explain the issue", Mnuchin said at the press conference.

"Most of these state systems have technology that's 30 years old or older". This was the only way we could assure that the states could get money out quickly in a fair way.

The US$600-per-week flat rate boost in jobless benefits was a compromise reached by Senate Republican and Democratic negotiators, as well as the Trump administration. And I don't think it'll create incentives.

Senator Lindsey Graham of SC and several colleagues want to limit the unemployment insurance provisions for lower-wage workers, warning that, as written, they would damage the economy by providing millions of workers with more money in unemployment benefits than they make on the job.

Mnuchin said he still hoped for a Senate vote on the deal Wednesday night.

Some of the people involved in the talks had anxious that capping the temporarily increased unemployment benefits to workers' previous earnings would be too technically hard and significantly delay money for individuals at the height of the virus-driven economic shock.

Once we get this crisis behind us, we shouldn't have policies in place that disincentivize people from returning to the workforce.

The massive stimulus bill also includes checks of $1,200 for every adult earning up to $75,000, with pay phased out for earners up to $99,000.