Ben Sasse, R-Neb., left, Sen.
The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate said he would hold up the bill for stronger oversight on the $500 billion to aid hard-hit industries. It's supported by Sens.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) joined the other three senators at a press conference addressing the issue Wednesday, and added in a tweet that "we shouldn't have policies in place that disincentivize people from returning to the workforce".
"In this bill a lot of people are going to get a substantial pay raise".
"A massive drafting error in the current version of the coronavirus relief legislation could have devastating outcome: 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. The White House also shrugged off the GOP lawmakers' concerns, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying the generous plan was included for speed and efficiency of relief, adding that he hoped there would be few abuses since most Americans prefer to keep their jobs.
Mnuchin said Republican critics misunderstood the reason for the change - which Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushed to give furloughed workers 100 percent of their pay for four months.
"Unfortunately, there's a massive drafting problem when where you look at the interaction between some of the different components of the bills, it looks like other parts of this bill would actually incentivize the severing of the employee-employer relationship", Sasse explained during the press conference. So if we had the ability to customize this with much more specifics, we would have.
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.
Senator Lindsey Graham of SC and several colleagues want to limit the unemployment insurance provisions for lower-wage workers, warning that, as written, they would damage the economy by providing millions of workers with more money in unemployment benefits than they make on the job. So we use $600 across the board.