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

WASHINGTON 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 which they say would encourage layoffs is fixed or fresh guidance issued from the Labor Department.