March 25, 2020 / 9:40 PM / 3 days ago

Spokesman for U.S. Senator Grassley: Coronavirus bill language not 'drafting error'

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - Disputed language in the U.S. coronavirus relief bill about unemployment benefits was “not a drafting error,” a spokesman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday.

The spokesman, Taylor Foy, said nothing in the bill incentivizes layoffs, “it’s just the opposite.”

Earlier, three Republican senators said the Senate should not vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill until legislative language that they say would encourage layoffs is fixed or fresh guidance issued from the Labor Department.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Sandra Maler

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