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
David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist running to represent the residents of the State of California in the U.S. Senate. The son of a union carpenter, and a member of a union himself, he knows the value of organizing.
David graduated from CSU Sacramento, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Government. He volunteered and eventually became the Staging Location Director for California’s 6th Congressional District. It was during this time that he saw the true power of a grassroots campaign, run by the people and for the people.
After the primary, he felt compelled to stay involved and continue the fight for a better future, and after serious consideration, decided that he would start a U.S. Senate campaign to represent the working people of California.
David has now launched his first campaign announcement video:
David is very active on Twitterso If that’s your thing, you can follow him there or on facebook.
Lots more on Hildrebrand to come in the coming days but as I do some backend work on the website I wanted to out at least throw out a post for people to watch and then inspire them to do some research:
Residents without healthcare are forced into the emergency room for medical care. These visits increase wait times for severely injured patients, and increases healthcare costs for everybody else. Hospitals and insurance companies will always pass on the costs of the uninsured to those who are. In essence, those covered by health insurance are already paying for those who are not covered, but those prices will rise immensely as emergency room care becomes more widely used.
While we are seeing a push for single-payer in California (SB 562, also known as the Californians for a Healthy California Act), we still need to fight for single-payer on the national scale. SB 562 stipulates that healthcare is a right for all Californians, and cites the rising costs of healthcare in a for-profit system. Coverage is decreasing as premiums grow, an issue of which most Californians are keenly aware.
It is time that the United States joined the rest of the industrialized world and adopt Single-Payer healthcare that includes dental care, mental health care, and prescription medication. Americans cannot afford to be exploited by an overpriced healthcare system.
I support H.R. 676, and I will support all future single-payer healthcare legislation.
Fracking and Oil Pipelines:
I will introduce legislation that will ban fracking, and establish a moratorium on all new fossil fuel pipelines.
Clean water is a human right. We cannot allow corporations and their puppets in Congress to destroy our limited clean water resources.
I will support all legislation that allows the EPA to investigate and punish corporations that pollute our water.