Bernie had three appearances scheduled today to discuss his coronavirus plan.
"We have got to respond to this unprecedented crisis in an unprecedented way, and I think the European approach is exactly the right approach… even if they're not working, we will cover a full paycheck for the next 6 months."@BernieSanders on @AliVelshipic.twitter.com/9vbHqJThKR
Trump’s handling of #coronavirus worthy of impeachment. “I find one of the most galling parts of this is that the president is favoring certain states over the others.” @BillMaher: “To me this is an even more impeachable offense than what he did in Ukraine or Russia.” #RealTimepic.twitter.com/sYp5gwdKMi
How in the hell are the more than 10 million Americans who lost their jobs and the tens of millions on the verge of unemployment supposed to afford a public option? #MedicareForAll is the only bill that will make sure everyone receives the care they need regardless of income.
Illinois officials reported 673 new known cases of the coronavirus statewide on Thursday, including seven additional deaths. That brings the known statewide total to 2,538 cases and 26 coronavirus-related deaths, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.
This big jump in reported cases comes on the same day Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Chicago’s entire Lakefront Trail, adjacent parks, The 606 trail and Riverwalk closed until further notice.
Also on Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the “Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund” to support nonprofits and community foundations statewide, which is being led by his sister Penny Pritzker. At the federal level, President Donald Trump approved a major federal disaster declaration for the state of Illinois, which provides additional governmental assistance in dealing with the pandemic.
Worldwide, COVID-19-related deaths have exceeded 23,000, and the number of infected surpassed 500,000, as the number of dead in the United States passed 1,000.
As the Senate made its final push late Wednesday toward passing a $2.2 trillion emergency relief package, four dissenting Republican lawmakers contested the plan to pay the lowest-wage workers more in relief than they would normally earn, citing concerns that the temporary payments would encourage people to leave their jobs.
Those four GOP senators argued that an increase in unemployment payments of $600 for several months should not be given to the poorest Americans because it would exceed their paychecks.
Few lawmakers agreed with that position, but perhaps no one opposed it more ferociously than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Senate passes $2 trillion bill to blunt coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact, as households and businesses gasp for relief
“And now I find that some of my Republican colleagues are very distressed, they’re very upset that somebody who’s making 10, 12 bucks an hour might end up with a paycheck for four months more than they received last week,” said Sanders, waving his arms and pointing at his colleagues as he launched into a fiery speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday night.
Of course, the headline should read Sanders Slams R’s For Complaining Having to Pay Out More Unemployment Insurance.
Here’s a moment from that Senate chamber debate:
Here’s Bernie Sanders pointing out the absurdity of Republicans clutching pearls over workers making a few extra bucks from the coronavirus bill when they had no problem with trillion-dollar tax cuts for the wealthy in 2017 pic.twitter.com/ABenmjayVl