REPORT: Coronavirus bill hits hurdles as Bernie Sanders threatens to stall package
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Bernie Sanders said Wednesday afternoon he might torpedo the Senate’s compromise stimulus package unless Republican senators dropped their objections about what they called a “massive drafting error” related to unemployment benefits, in the latest twist to a process that has been marked by delays and last-minute hurdles.
“In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation,” Sanders said in a statement, also posted on social media.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund to make sure that any corporation receiving financial assistance under this legislation does not lay off workers, cut wages or benefits, ship jobs overseas, or pay workers poverty wages,” he continued.
Sens. Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, R-S.C., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Rick Scott, R-Fla. have voiced concerns that a provision in the bill would actually pay some workers more in unemployment than their normal salary.
Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund. pic.twitter.com/7X0o9C4BoO
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 25, 2020
Graham responded to Sanders’s threat to stall the bill, tweeting, “Only in Senator @BernieSanders world does it make sense to pay people more NOT to work than TO work. I am all for making peoples salaries whole. However, I am not for increasing people’s salary through the unemployment insurance system.”
“This proposal will make it hard for our employers to maintain their workforce, particularly in the area of healthcare, thus, significantly delaying the economic recovery and impairing our health and safety. Simple Fix: Cap unemployment benefits at full salary before the crisis,” Graham added.
This proposal will make it hard for our employers to maintain their workforce, particularly in the area of healthcare, thus, significantly delaying the economic recovery and impairing our health and safety.
Simple Fix: Cap unemployment benefits at full salary before the crisis.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 25, 2020
Please join me at 7 p.m. ET tonight to discuss the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, as Congress continues to debate emergency legislation. Tune in at https://t.co/vreIiWfeoS. pic.twitter.com/Z85cCN4JGp
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 25, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “This bill pays you more not to work than if you were working. Very few people are gonna turn down a $24 an hour deal not to work.” pic.twitter.com/xAR4F9oULT
— The Hill (@thehill) March 25, 2020
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