Bernie Sanders demands Republicans stand down on unemployment objections

Henrietta Strickland
March 28, 2020

The bill, considered to be largest stimulus package in the USA history, aims to support unemployed workers and industries impacted by the deadly virus, as well as to provide billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.

$250 billion would be dedicated to provide relief for unemployed workers, and $100 billion has been assigned for boosting healthcare.

In a joint press release, Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) expressed concern with the latest draft of the bill. President Trump is expected to sign the bill, the third coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress. Under this legislation, we would pay you $50,000 a year to not work.

The brewing fight between these Republicans and Sanders could lead to yet another major delay for the bill, which was blocked by Democrats on Sunday and then again on Monday, as the party sought to include some of its policy priorities unrelated to the pandemic.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House is pushing to distribute direct payments by April 6.

The Vermont senator's objection to the corporate bailout portion of the massive bill has been shared by other progressive critics who worry that even with so-called "oversight" protections, the massive fund will be used by corporations to pad their bottom lines while disregarding the needs of workers.

The House is now out of session, and the move would ensure that the representatives can vote without needing to be physically present in the chamber. "I will sign it immediately", Trump said on Wednesday, according to a Reuters report. According to a running count by Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected in the US topped 82,000 on Thursday.

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