Reporter Confronts ‘Wealthy’ GOP Sens. For Withholding Coronavirus Relief Bill: Watch
Republicans in the Senate held a press conference on Wednesday to address the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill and why they’re holding it up.
According to Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Ben Sasse (R-NE), the bill will only make people not want to work because of the amount of money they will be receiving.
In a statement put out before the press conference Scott, Graham, Sasse said: “A massive drafting error in the current version of the coronavirus relief legislation could have devastating consequences: Unless this bill is fixed, there is a strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work.”
“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.”
But according to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the portion of the bill in question “increases the maximum unemployment benefit amount by $600 per week above one’s base unemployment compensation benefit and ensures that workers who are laid-off or out of work, on average, will receive their full pay for four months, a full quarter.”
One reporter decided to call out the senators for withholding money from people that really need it, while they thrive on millions.
“I apologize — I don’t know how to ask this without sounding like I’m being a smart ass, and I’m not,” the reporter said off-camera. “But do you understand how bad the optics are to have probably the wealthiest person in the Senate potentially holding up this bill for a couple hundreds bucks for some of the poorest people in this country?”
Take a look at the video clip below: