Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday for including broad boosts in unemployment benefits.
Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, and Ben Sasse complained that the bill would create an incentive for companies to lay off employees and threatened to block the bill if the language was not changed.
“This bill pays you more not to work than if you were working,” Graham said during a press conference Wednesday.
“I don’t think it will create incentives, most Americans, what they want, they want to keep their jobs,” Mnuchin said.
He said that the Senate moved quickly to draft the bill to make sure states could get money out quickly to Americans in a fair way.