GOP Senators Were Blasted for Saying COVID Bill Could Raise Unemployment. They Were Right.

WFB: As Congress prepared to pass its $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus last week, a trio of Republican senators sounded an alarm, claiming that the bill’s ultra-generous unemployment insurance could let many Americans quit essential jobs.

The 11th-hour objection by Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Ben Sasse (Neb.) attracted derision and outrage, but the scenario they feared may be playing out. Some small business owners say their employees are resigning in part to collect generous unemployment benefits.

Daniel Johnson, the owner of a New Orleans landscaping construction company, told the Washington Free Beacon that while he runs a business deemed essential, most of his team has stopped showing up because of the coronavirus, preferring to wait on unemployment payouts.

“The majority of my team’s last day was 3/13,” Johnson told the Free Beacon. “We have plenty of work and the city deems us as an essential business because we are a city contractor working on green infrastructure projects.” more

10 Comments on GOP Senators Were Blasted for Saying COVID Bill Could Raise Unemployment. They Were Right.

  1. “Some small business owners say their employees are resigning in part to collect generous unemployment benefits.”

    This may no longer the case, but back in my day of employing people my UI rates -the amount I have to pay for UI requirements- were based at least in part on my claims rate. More claims mean higher rates.

    So this could be a double whammy for some businesses if the situation is the same.

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  2. Come on Donny, pull your head out of your ass and let America go back to work!
    I no longer have faith in my government. None of it Federal, State or local.

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  3. tell me again how every one of them 3rd worlders are the best and brightest and outwork American citizens like TEN to one ??

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  4. I know Massas never think the livestock works hard enough. But this is a problem… why?

    If I believe my work is essential… how are you gonna’ stop me from doing it? Stop paying me? Really? You think that’s going to shut me down?

    “This ‘work’ pays better than that ‘work’?” Until it doesn’t? That’s “just business”. (As Massa likes to say.)

    “But this is taxpayer money!” Let’s see your volunteer army. Who provide all their own kit. I’ll show you my volunteer navy, in private.

    “But! But! If you stop working for what I’m willing to pay you, then I can’t keep what I want!” Sucks to be you. (That’s “just business”.)

    (And don’t start that Democratic-Socialist “We’re all in this together!” tripe. Until “we’re” not. Again.)

    (Oh. And, please! Quit lying to us stupidly. If you’re too stupid to lie well, hire somebody to lie for you. For whatever amount it requires to hire a good liar. Or… just… shut up!)

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  5. Used to be — isn’t it still the case? — that the unemployment bureau notified the employer of the unemployment claim, and that gave the employer the opportunity to contest it.

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  6. If the claimant claims covid-19 as the reason for not working, the claim is reviewed, not just dismissed.

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