Lindsey Graham Vows GOP Will Fight Extending Covid Unemployment

Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Reed Richardson (Mediaite)

Lindsey Graham Vows GOP Will Fight Extending Covid Unemployment
'Over Our Dead Bodies': Lindsey Graham vows Republicans will fight any attempts to extend 'aberration' of extra $600 a week in coronavirus unemployment benefits

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By Reed Richardson  May 1st, 2020

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) staked out radical opposition to any extension of the federal government's extra $600 a week unemployment payments beyond July 31, promising that any continuation of that part of the coronavirus pandemic-based relief law would be "over our dead bodies."

Graham's charge rhetoric came at an event in his home state on Wednesday, where, sitting alongside fellow Republican Senator Tim Scott, he bemoaned the fact that some people who have been laid off are now temporarily making more money than they did when they were working because of the additional $600. But his unfortunate choice of the "dead bodies" metaphor happened on the same day that the US death toll from coronavirus crossed the 60,000 mark and a day before the Labor Department announced that the total number of unemployed in the country has surpassed 30 million.

"What have we learned? We learned that when you pay people not to work, they will take you up on it," Graham said, as both he and Scott chuckled. "It doesn't mean they're lazy. It means if you pay $23 to people not to work, they'll probably take that over $17 to go to work even though people like working."

"So July 31st is when this expires," Graham added, chopping his hands down and hardening the tone of his voice. "And I promise you, over our dead bodies this will get reauthorized. We have to stop this. You cannot turn on the economy until you get this aberration in the law fixed." Scott slightly nodded his head during Graham's threat.

During the early March debate over the first coronavirus stimulus bill, which included the extra unemployment benefit, Graham had argued for adding a provision that would've blocked people from collecting more weekly unemployment than they had been making while employed.

However, with some economic experts predicting a catastrophic second quarter GDP and ongoing shockwaves rippling throughout the rest of 2020, one House Democrat has proposed extending the additional federal unemployment benefit until December 31st. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already signaled his opposition to fully reauthorizing the original relief bill, citing concerns over rising deficits from the massive spending to counteract the unprecedented impact of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.


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1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

It may be a little premature to act on extending the 600 dollar a week benefit, but it should not be ruled out either. 

600 dollars a week is a one size fits all figure which roughly represents a 15 dollar an hour salary, the so called "living wage" which allows people to pay their rent and  bills and have a tiny amount left for consumer spending. 

If unemployment really is to be 20 percent that 600 a week given to consumers may be a necessity to provide the funds to keep a myriad of small businesses afloat. 

As far as the benefit discouraging people from going back to work, that would only be a possibility if it was announced in advance that the benefit would last for a year or two. 

As far as Lindsey Graham goes, his reputation is in a shambles among reasonably informed people, as has been for some time now. 

1.1  Snuffy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

I thought the CARE act which gave the additional $600 weekly benefit did have a timeline in it.  Thought it ended around the end of July.  This is from the State of Wisconsin.

FPUC Payments

  • Payment Amount:
    • $600 per week.
    • Automatically added to benefit payments.
  • Duration of Benefits:
    • First Payable Week: Retroactive to week ending April 4, 2020.
    • Last Payable Week: Week ending July 25, 2020.
  • Payment Start Date:
    • Wisconsin began making FPUC payments the week of April 26, 2020. It will take several days to make all payments; they should be completed by May 8, 2020.
Freedom Warrior
2  Freedom Warrior    3 weeks ago

We are now paying people to sit at home and do nothing.  Those folks that are getting more than they would if they were working full time don't even answer our calls now.  It's fucking insane, but this is exactly what folks like BSanders want, tossing that in on top of paying for all their healthcare.  By the way, we are already paying the premium for their health coverage as well right now.

Dean Moriarty
2.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2    3 weeks ago

End the government cheese and it will be amazing how fast public support changes In favor of reopening the economy. Right now the cure is worse than the virus. 

2.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Dean Moriarty @2.1    3 weeks ago

What nonsense.  

Freedom Warrior
2.1.2  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Dean Moriarty @2.1    3 weeks ago
Check out a sampling of the cheese from HR 748 on Congressional Website.  I won't list it all since it's so nauseating.
American population: 330,483,530
Stimulus bill: $2,000,000,000,000
Dividing the cost by every person in America is $6,051.74. The government could have given every person over $6,000, but instead will give $1,200 to each adult under a certain income.
Wanna know where the missing 96% of your tax dollars went?
$300,000,000 for Migrant and Refugee Assistance pg 147  Seriously?
$100,000,000 to Nasa, because, it doesn't matter why.
$20,000,000,000 to the USPS - because they can't be expected to operate efficiently
$300,000,000 to the Endowment for the Arts – because  well just because
$300,000,000 for the Endowment for the Humanities - because, well no one even knew that was a thing
$435,000,000 for mental health support - Doesn't seem to be working
$30,000,000,000 for the Department of Education stabilization fund - Because they haven't done enough damage yet
$200,000,000 to Safe Schools Emergency Response to Violence Program
$300,000,000 to Public Broadcasting - NPR has to be bought by the Dems to brainwash people like my wife
$500,000,000 to Museums and Libraries - Who the hell knows how they are going to use it
$720,000,000 to Social Security Admin - but get this only 200,000,000 is to help people. The rest is for "admin" costs
$25,000,000 for Cleaning supplies for the Capitol Building / I shit you not it’s on page 136
$35,000,000 to the JFK Center for performing Arts - ?
$25,000,000 for additional salary for House of Representatives - Are they even working?
$315,000,000 for State Department Diplomatic Programs - Slush fund
$300,000,000 for International Disaster Assistance -  What about the EIDL loans
$13,000,000 to Howard University pg 121 - You know why
$1,000,000,000 Airlines Recycle and Save Program pg 163 - A billion seriously?
$492,000,000 to National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) pg 167
$526,000,000 Grants to Amtrak to remain available if needed through 2021 pg 168  -  (What are the odds that doesn’t go unused)
And you might as ask, what DOES MOST of this have to do with the Virus?
2.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

That's ridiculous

Heartland American
2.1.4  Heartland American  replied to  Tacos! @2.1.3    3 weeks ago

Indeed it is.  

Steve Ott
2.1.5  Steve Ott  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

And since when has any Omnibus bill, because that is essentially what this is, ever dealt with anything specifically?

And don't forget, it was passed because both parties voted for it.

That includes Graham.

Freedom Warrior
2.1.6  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Steve Ott @2.1.5    3 weeks ago

Not sure what your point is, do you support such spending because it’s commonplace because you try to make it sound like it’s no big deal and we are supposed to believe you don’t approve given other erstwhile comments.

Heartland American
3  Heartland American    3 weeks ago

It is time to let the extra 600 a week expire as scheduled and restart the economy in all 50 states.  

Steve Ott
4  Steve Ott    3 weeks ago

So suddenly he is a small government republican? He is the chameleon of politicians.


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