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Lindsey Graham Says Sending Cash To Struggling Americans Is a ‘Waste Of Money’

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The Senate on Wednesday passed the House’s coronavirus aid package, sending it to President Trump, who signed it upon arrival. Senators voted 90-8 on the bill that passed the House last week amid growing concerns about the widespread coronavirus outbreak in the United States that has already bludgeoned the economy.

The vote on the second package comes as senators are already working on “phase three,” with Senate Republicans wanting to pass that next week. The third coronavirus bill is expected to include help for impacted small businesses, paid sick leave and direct cash payments for Americans.

Some GOP senators have bristled over the paid sick leave provisions and sending cash to Americans.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the proposal a waste of money.

“It won’t help the economy just throwing money at a problem,” he said, according to Salon. “I don’t know why giving a thousand dollars on top of their paycheck makes any sense now because there’s no economy to participate in. I’d rather take that money and shore up health care systems . . . I don’t think people are looking for a one-time check from the government.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) railed against the bill, as well.

“There is a herd mentality around this building right now where a lot of normally smart people are literally saying things like: The most important thing is to be fast, even if the ideas that are being advocated for are not really ready for prime time and can’t really withstand the scrutiny of debate. That is a really dumb idea,” Sasse said.

But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned Senate Republicans on Tuesday that the unemployment rate could hit 20% as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

“We’re looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Mnuchin said.

RELATED: 8 GOP Senators Vote Against Paid Sick Leave Because ‘It’s Too Expensive’.

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White House Press Sec. Clashes With Reporters Over Trump’s Joe Scarborough Murder Smear

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday had a contentious briefing with reporters on Tuesday as she defiantly pushed back on criticism of President Donald Trump for pushing the conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is guilty of murdering intern Lori Klausutis.

“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” Trump wrote in a tweet, “about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?”

ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl asked McEnany if Trump would honor a request from Klausutis’ family to take down the tweet.

“Why is the president making these unfounded allegations?” Karl asked. “This is pretty nuts, isn’t it? The president is accusing somebody of possible murder. The family is pleading with the president to please stop unfounded conspiracy theories. Why is he doing this?”

“I do know that our hearts are with Lori’s family at this time,” McEnany said without answering the question.

Shen then glanced at her prepared remarks and accused Scarborough of “joking about killing an intern” years after Klausutis died.

“I’m sure that was hurtful to Lori’s family,” she added.

“He’s the president of the United States,” Karl pointed out, “and he’s accusing somebody of possibly murder. This is different. He’s not a private citizen. He’s the president.”

“Yeah,” McEnany said, returning to her notes. “Joe Scarborough, if we want to start talking about false accusations, we have quite a few we can go through.”

“I’m asking about the president’s allegations,” Karl pressed.

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McEnany then left the room without addressing the question.

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