Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina used examples from his personal life in order to push against the continuation of unemployment benefits across the United States as employers struggle finding workers to fill positions.
In a hearing, Graham discussed unemployment benefits with Shalanda Young, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
“There’s a lot of jobs out there that are unfilled and will never be filled until you change the benefit structure. Does that logic make sense to you, given where we’re at in our economy?” Graham asked Young.
“I understand the logic, but I’ve also not met Americans who would prefer not to work,” Young said. “There’s a dignity to work in this country.”
Graham reportedly chuckled as he answered, “I got a lot of people in my family that ain’t working because they’re getting — I’ll show you some of my family.”