You guys, Senatorette Miss Lindsey Graham is concerned:
In a statement, Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said that the bill could provide a “strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work” because some people could theoretically make more by being unemployed. “This isn’t an abstract, philosophical point — it’s an immediate, real-world problem,” they continued. “If the federal government accidentally incentivizes layoffs, we risk life-threatening shortages in sectors where doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are trying to care for the sick, and where growers and grocers, truckers and cooks are trying to get food to families’ tables.”
They added, “We must sadly oppose the fast-tracking of this bill until this text is addressed, or the Department of Labor issues regulatory guidance that no American would earn more by not working than by working.”
Objecting to a provision in the Senate coronavirus bill providing unemployment benefits for people in financial trouble, Sen. Lindsey Graham says nurses are “going to make $24 an hour on unemployment” which he claims would incentivize “taking people out of the workforce.” pic.twitter.com/xyuzcsiq8B
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 25, 2020
I guess the Senatorette has never been laid. I mean layed-off. Oh, you explain it for me Matt, OK?
You can quit your job, but then you’re not eligible for UI. You can’t lay yourself off.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 25, 2020