Press Release: After Program Expiration, Jaime Harrison Urges Graham, Congress to Quickly Restore Unemployment Relief

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Harrison: This relief has helped almost 700,000 South Carolinians avert financial ruin

Columbia, S.C. — As Congress continues to negotiate the next coronavirus relief bill, Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is urging Sen. Lindsey Graham to change course and support the extension of unemployment relief from the CARES Act – an additional $600 in weekly relief that expired in South Carolina this past Saturday, July 25. Graham for months has led a crusade to cut this relief, saying in April that “over our dead bodies” will he allow its extension.

“With cases spiking and hospitals nearing capacity in every corner of this state, now is simply not the time to cut families off from this relief,” Harrison said. “This has been vital to keeping our state’s economy afloat, and has averted financial ruin for almost 700,000 South Carolinians. Ending this relief would make recovery harder, draining $120 million a week from our state’s economy just as businesses face new uncertainty. 

“After 25 years in Washington, Lindsey is showing how disconnected he is from his state’s struggles. Lindsey should look at South Carolina’s reality, and do his job. For the wellbeing of South Carolina families and businesses, Sen. Graham and Congress must quit their political games and restore this relief – now.” 

For those receiving the maximum S.C. unemployment relief of $327, these $600 weekly payments since April represent 65 percent of their weekly income. 

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