Three Republican senators are demanding an immediate fix to a drafting error in the coronavirus stimulus package that they say encourages layoffs and risks life-threatening consequences to critical industries.
Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made their demands on Wednesday.
“A massive drafting error in the current version of the coronavirus relief legislation could have devastating consequence: Unless the bill if fixed, there is a strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work,” they said in a statement.
“This isn’t an abstract, philosophical point – it’s an immediate real-world problem 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.
“This isn’t who we are as Americans; this isn’t what we do in a crisis. We must sadly oppose the fast-tracking of this bill until this text is addressed, or the Department of Labor issue regulatory guidance that no American would earn more by not working than by working.”
The senators’ statement was tweeted by Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt.
The White House and Senate leaders had announced agreement early Wednesday on a $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to workers, businesses and a healthcare system hit hard by the virus outbreak.
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