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Lindsey Graham Creates Opening for
Bernie Sanders to Derail Rescue Bill

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Posted By: earlybird, 3/25/2020 5:32:37 PM

Senator Lindsey Graham led a group of Republican Senators warning that they would oppose a swift passage of the economic rescue package unless changes are made to its unemployment benefits section. That prompted Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to say he too would hold up the bill over his objections to the aid to U.S. businesses.(Snip)Proponents of the more generous benefits say that in the current situation, where many businesses have been closed by anti-pandemic efforts and workers are being urged to stay home, this objection is meritless. When people are told not to work for the sake of public health, disincentivizing work is not a serious problem.

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Lindsey, Sasse, Tim Scott, Rick Scott…. Cannons loose on the deck again...

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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney 3/25/2020 5:36:24 PM (No. 357962)
The changes should be made to this bill. Schumer slipped in some garbage. It should be removed.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: red1066 3/25/2020 5:44:22 PM (No. 357970)
So just one Senator can derail a bill? How about a simple majority.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bassman 3/25/2020 5:48:52 PM (No. 357979)
At this point I hope the whole thing dies. If Trump signs this garbage I will lose a lot of respect for him.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: justavoter 3/25/2020 5:53:31 PM (No. 357984)
Just put everybody back to work and let's deal with the one's that get sick and we won't need the stinkin help from the government. American ingenuity will prevail.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/25/2020 6:33:37 PM (No. 358008)
Please confirm my membership in the none of the above party. Throw any and all incumbents out on their butts. The response of our governing bodies to a relatively unserious but widespread "crisis" is to spend a few weeks arguing about how much PORK you can buy for TWO TRILLION (or more?) printed dollars. Just be sure you cut a check to the "voters" a grand or so.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/25/2020 6:42:49 PM (No. 358017)
Government is NEVER the answer but is ALWAYS the problem!!! Scare the hell out of everyone...send them home and close down the economy and then print a few Trillion Dollars to send measly checks to households making over $75,000 per year. I support those checks, by the way...but giving billions to business because of a virus? Should a business not be required to hold back 6 months or a year of cash to operate and pay their people in an event like this? No...that would interfere with CEO's taking $50,000,000 bonuses (along with Bd Members and select upper Mgmt.) while laying off the working stiff!!! That AIN'T the America I believe in!!! We have been sold down the river...and Trump is not a Wall Street Guy...he is a Real Estate guy so he's listening to Wall Street guys who we didn't elect!!! WOW!!! The dollar will be worth 5 cents by the time this is done. Buy Gold and Silver if you can now! You won't be able to buy either in the near future!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ketchuplover 3/25/2020 6:46:14 PM (No. 358019)
My understanding of this bill is that workers get about $1200/ each or $3000/ family. The $600 was for the independent contractor because in the past, he's always been exempted from these unemployment benefits. As a courier, I'm considered an independent contractor and my work will end on Saturday. So....do i need to plan for Zero, $1200, or $600? I don't like the Christmas Package either, but I can cope without it -- just need to know about planning ahead....Look for another job or wait a couple weeks without pay and hope to get called back to my contracted job of 13 years! Really confusing and even frustrating. Have these money-grubbing politicians voted yet to suspend their OWN pay until a relief package is signed? No doubt, they'll include a provision for back-pay for themselves.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: edgar 3/25/2020 6:58:41 PM (No. 358028)
Mnuchin and Trump are in favor of the $$$. Mnuchin's justification was because many state Unemployment Office's software is out of date and this figure will allow for quick distribution of payments to individuals, or something to that effect.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter 3/25/2020 7:00:44 PM (No. 358031)
But those four clowns are fine with all the money going to NPR and The KENNEDY Center.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog 3/25/2020 7:15:14 PM (No. 358040)
These Congress-pukes are disgusting.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Gallo3 3/25/2020 8:03:37 PM (No. 358061)
Not to mention the nearly Trillion dollar per year money thrown down the rathole on the Community Action Programs Scam every year since the execrable LBJ started his phony War On Poverty.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: panther361 3/25/2020 8:50:47 PM (No. 358074)
I haven't had the chance to read it yet.What does say?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: lana720 3/25/2020 9:47:34 PM (No. 358096)
They’ll,have to pass it so they can read what’s in it. s/o. SOP now for bills. It certainly worked for obamascare! We need a clean bill, no pork or bridges to nowhere.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: anniebc 3/25/2020 10:07:23 PM (No. 358107)
I vote for no bill.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: EQKimball 3/25/2020 10:26:56 PM (No. 358118)
Some people will always take advantage, but given the money they are throwing at this, short-term unemployment benefits are a reason to hold up passage.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lawsy0 3/25/2020 10:44:06 PM (No. 358146)
Can anyone tell me with certainty which side Senator Lindsey Graham plays for?
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