Four Republican senators said the generous unemployment provisions in the bill could incentivize layoffs and discourage employees from seeking new jobs. Senate leaders still hoped to vote on the measure later Wednesday.
After the initial impact of shutdowns on a few industries, the coronavirus pandemic is leaving a much broader swath of unemployment.
More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. The Democratic National Convention has been postponed, and the global death toll exceeds 50,000. The Navy removed an aircraft carrier’s captain after he spoke up about an outbreak.