Democrats ‘shoveling cash at the problem’ with coronavirus aid, Cruz says
Cruz did not say whether he’d be open to a lower amount of unemployment benefits in the bill, but blamed the payments for making it harder for small businesses to hire back workers.
“They won’t come back. And, of course, they won’t come back because the federal government is paying them, in some instances, twice as much money to stay home,” Cruz said.
He argued that pandemic legislation should include measures such as a payroll tax cut, which President Trump had pushed for. The proposal died amid opposition from members of both parties.
“What we ought to focus on instead of just shoveling trillions out the door, we ought to be passing a recovery bill,” Cruz said. “A recovery bill would be lifting the taxes and the regulations that are hammering small businesses so that people can go back to work. A recovery bill would suspend the payroll tax, which would give a pay raise to everyone in America who’s working.”