Press Release: Jaime Harrison Responds to 150,000 Losing Unemployment Relief in S.C.

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Columbia, S.C. — Today, Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, released a statement following a report in The State that almost 150,000 South Carolinians have lost their unemployment relief from the CARES Act — an additional $600 per week — after Congress failed to extend the benefits which expired this past Saturday. Sen. Lindsey 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.

“Our state is suffering through its darkest chapter of the coronavirus pandemic, and Lindsey Graham is still leading the charge to cut unemployment relief for almost 150,000 struggling South Carolinians,” Harrison said. “With the death toll rising and new cases being confirmed everyday, it is heartless to take away this badly-needed lifeboat for families here — and it will devastate our fragile economy at the exact moment businesses are facing new uncertainties.

“While Lindsey is preparing for his next round of golf in D.C., South Carolinians are struggling to just keep the lights on. This infusion was keeping many families and small businesses afloat during this difficult time, to the tune of almost $100 million per week. We need leaders in Washington from both parties who are willing to put aside political games, reach across the aisle and deliver solutions for struggling families during this crisis.” 

According to the report, South Carolina and its economy would have $96 million less in activity per week or over $860 million by the end of September if Washington passes an alternative proposal that cuts the additional unemployment relief to $200 per week.  

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