Press Release: In CNN Appearance, Jaime Harrison Slams Lindsey Graham’s Efforts to Cut Unemployment Relief During Worst Economic Downturn in U.S. History

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Columbia, S.C. — Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, criticized U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham for his ongoing crusade to cut unemployment relief, even after a quarter in which the U.S. economy suffered its largest gross domestic product (GDP) decline in recorded history. Graham for months has led an effort to cut the additional unemployment relief from the CARES Act, saying in April that “over our dead bodies” will he allow its extension.

It was announced today that GDP plummeted 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020. In addition, almost 200,000 South Carolinians continue to seek unemployment relief – a number the Post & Courier says “dwarfs the number of people who filled the state’s unemployment rolls during the Great Recession.” Ending this relief could drain up to $120 million from South Carolina’s economy each week. 

“…there are a lot of people in the state who are just like me, who respected Lindsey Graham, thought he stood up for the state, but this guy has been a missing in action senator,” Harrison said. “He hasn’t had a town hall in this state in over three years. He does more fighting against the people of South Carolina than he does helping us.

“I mean, he has just said ‘over his dead body’ will he allow an extension of the federal unemployment insurance benefit. That’s 600 — $600 a week for folks who otherwise would only get less than $320 a week. We need that money into our economy. But we got a senator who cares more about his tee times with the president or having some fancy dinner over at the Trump hotel rather than going to Washington, D.C. and working for the people of South Carolina. So, we’re going to beat him because he hasn’t been here. And I’m talking about the issues that people really are concerned about.”

Footage of the interview can be found here, and click here for a full transcript. 

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