Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, warned that unless a group of GOP senators back down from their demand for changes to the unemployment insurance benefits, he would slow walk the bill until stronger guardrails were put on hundreds of billions in funding for corporations.
“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.
Putting a “hold” on a bill would force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to go through days of procedural loopholes that could delay the bill into the weekend or even early next week.
Sanders’s decision comes after Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tim Scot (R-S.C.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) raised concerns that the deal on unemployment provision includes four months of bolstered unemployment benefits, including increasing the maximum unemployment benefit by $600.
The four GOP Senators were concerned that provision includes four months of bolstered unemployment benefits, including increasing the maximum unemployment benefit by $600. This means thousands of workers could choose to take unemployment rather than work and increase their earnings.
“Unless this bill is fixed, we must sadly oppose the fast-tracking of this bill until this text is addressed, or the Department of Labor issues regulatory guidance that no American would earn more by not working than by working,” Graham, Sasse and Scott, of South Carolina, said in a joint statement.
i haven’t heard any complaints from Democrats or Republicans about admonishing the $25 million that was put into the stimulus package to increase their salaries. In my opinion their wages should have ceased during the delay on this bill and also during the impeachment hearings. In fact, most of the Democrats have done nothing for the American people in the last three and one-half years but waste their time and our money on impeachment again President Trump.
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