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Republican senators threaten to renege on stimulus deal

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Democratic negotiators seem to have decided to fight for more generous benefits for ordinary people rather than for tighter restrictions on the slush fund, which I think was a sound decision given that with Republicans in control of the Senate and the Supreme Court any such provisions would be difficult to enforce. But now some senators want to renege on the deal:

Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised major concerns of their own on Wednesday. They claimed a “drafting error” in the bill would create incentives for companies to lay off workers instead of retain them on the payroll, citing a problem with the way unemployment benefits were changed. But it’s unclear whether Senate leaders would make the change, as many saw it as a compromise to win Democratic support.

“We must sadly oppose the fast-tracking of this bill until this text is addressed, or the Department of Labor issues regulatory guidance that no American would earn more by not working than by working,” they said in a joint statement.

These clowns don’t even seem to understand how unemployment insurance works:

It should also be noted that what Bernie and Graham at all are doing here is not symmetrical, contrary to some headlines. Bernie isn’t swooping in at the last minute threatening to blow things up by demanding further concessions. He’s saying “you made a deal, honor it.” If Republicans won’t respect the agreement they shouldn’t expect Dem support.

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