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Graham Vows Congress Will Extend Unemployment Boost ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’

More than 30 million Americans have applied for unemployment since March 1

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) promised business leaders that Congress would not extend enhanced unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, saying such a continuation would only happen “over our dead bodies.”

He made the comment on Wednesday at a state task force panel about re-opening South Carolina businesses. “Our” was a reference to himself and fellow Republican Sen. Tim Scott, who was also on the panel. Wednesday was the day the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus passed 60,000.

Graham insisted that extending enhanced benefits would incentivize people to stay home rather than return to work.

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