Lindsey Graham has worked to mobilize all of the federal government’s resources in response to the worst pandemic that the world has seen in over 100 years. In March, Senator Graham voted in favor of the $2 trillion relief package, the CARES Act. This historic package brought nearly $2 billion of aid to South Carolina to help local hospitals, schools, and more. Hundreds of billions of additional dollars were provided to low and moderate income families, small businesses, employees, and those unemployed through no fault of their own.
While the CARES Act was a critical first step, more is needed to combat COVID-19 and get our economy moving again.
First, Senator Graham will continue to work closely with the Trump administration to ensure the speedy discovery of therapeutics to lessen the severity of this virus and a vaccine to prevent further spread.
Next, Senator Graham supports additional stimulus payments to low and moderate income families, and he supports providing funding to help schools reopen safely.
He also supports reforming unemployment benefits so people make up to 100% of their income but aren’t disincentivized from going back to work. He has authored legislation that would do just that. Congress must also pass liability protections to ensure that businesses aren’t sued for reopening when they follow the rules. Without this, businesses will be overwhelmed with lawsuits.
Senator Graham is also working to ensure we hold China accountable for the role they played in allowing the virus to spread. He introduced a sanctions bill aimed at forcing China to cooperate with all investigations into the virus.
It’s estimated that 90 percent of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in the United States today is made in China. Senator Graham is leading the effort to bring the medical supply chain home and manufacture PPE in the United States. That’s why he wrote the US MADE Act, which will ensure PPE is made here in America and treated as a resource on par with military equipment. This legislation was one of the foundational components of the Senate’s new legislation to address the virus.
Combatting this virus is a team effort, and Senator Graham believes all Americans should closely follow CDC guidelines to keep themselves safe, which can be found here.