Lindsey Graham Says Sending Cash To Struggling Americans Is a ‘Waste Of Money’
On Wednesday, the Senate passed the House’s coronavirus aid package, sending it to President Trump, who signed it immediately. Senators voted 90-8 on the bill that passed the House last week amid growing concerns about the widespread coronavirus outbreak in the United States that has already bludgeoned the economy.
The vote on the second package comes as senators are already working on “phase three,” with Senate Republicans wanting to pass that next week. The third coronavirus bill is expected to include help for impacted small businesses, paid sick leave and direct cash payments for Americans.
Some GOP senators have bristled over the paid sick leave provisions and sending cash to Americans.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the proposal a waste of money.
“It won’t help the economy just throwing money at a problem,” he said, according to Salon. “I don’t know why giving a thousand dollars on top of their paycheck makes any sense now because there’s no economy to participate in. I’d rather take that money and shore up health care systems . . . I don’t think people are looking for a one-time check from the government.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) railed against the bill, as well.
“There is a herd mentality around this building right now where a lot of normally smart people are literally saying things like: The most important thing is to be fast, even if the ideas that are being advocated for are not really ready for prime time and can’t really withstand the scrutiny of debate. That is a really dumb idea,” Sasse said.
But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned Senate Republicans on Tuesday that the unemployment rate could hit 20% as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
“We’re looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Mnuchin said.