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Sasse amendment to fix coronavirus stimulus bill unemployment overpayment defeated


Added 03-26-20 12:22:02am EST - “The Senate shot down an amendment to cap unemployment benefits for workers Wednesday, setting up a fast track vote for the full $2.2 trillion economic relief package to combat the impact of the coronavirus.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Senate rejects coronavirus stimulus package amendment to cap unemployment benefits ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Senate shot down an amendment to cap unemployment benefits for workers Wednesday, setting up a fast track vote for the full $2.2 trillion economic relief package to combat the impact of the coronavirus.

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Senate Majority Whip John Thune, South Dakota Republican, was one of the latest to miss the votes; he flew home Wednesday because he wasn’t feeling well.

His spokesman said Mr. Thune consulted with the attending Senate physician and his family doctor, and was told, based on how he was feeling, that “there was no need for additional action at this point and [he] was encouraged to continue self-monitoring.”

Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Rick Scott of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina argued that, as written, the bolstered unemployment program could provide more money than some workers earn in their paychecks.

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