McConnell, during a call with House Republicans, stood by the GOP’s decision to “pause” before passing a “phase four” bill and indicated that the holding pattern would continue for the immediate future as they assess the impact of previous coronavirus bills.

However, McConnell told House Republicans that if Congress passed another bill, technically the fifth piece of coronavirus legislation, Republicans would “clean up the Democrats’ crazy policy that is paying people more to remain unemployed than they would earn if they went back to work.”…

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the sponsors of the amendment, asked President Trump during a closed-door caucus lunch on Tuesday to agree not to extend the beefed up unemployment benefits.

“I asked him not to agree to that. That we can’t. You can extend some assistance, but you don’t want to pay people more unemployed than they made working,” Graham said.