SANDERS CALLS ON ‘DO-NOTHING’ SENATE TO APPROVE $2,000 MONTHLY CHECKS, CANCEL RENT, AND EXPAND MEDICARE

July 06, 2020 by Common Dreams

“This I know: nothing will happen unless the American people stand up, fight back, and demand, in overwhelming numbers, that the Senate act.”

byJake Johnson, staff writer

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leaves after a closed door briefing at the U.S. Capitol on July 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday slammed the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate for refusing to act to address the coronavirus-induced public health and economic crises that continue to intensify, throwing millions more out of work, overwhelming hospitals, and endangering countless lives.

“As you read this, the number of Covid-19 cases is skyrocketing in this country to levels far greater than at any point in this crisis,” Sanders wrote in an email to supporters Sunday evening. “The United States—with just 4 percent of the world’s population—accounts for 25% of the world’s coronavirus cases and deaths. And the Republican Senate is doing nothing.”

“The United States—with just 4 percent of the world’s population—accounts for 25% of the world’s coronavirus cases and deaths. And the Republican Senate is doing nothing.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders

Last Thursday, the Senate departed the nation’s capital for a two-week recess without taking any action on Covid-19 relief—even amid dire warnings that millions of additional workers could lose their jobs if Congress doesn’t urgently approve aid to state and local governments.

The Senate is not expected to return to session until July 20, just 11 days before the $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits is set to expire.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has focused on other issues in recent weeks, such as an annual defense policy bill and confirming President Trump’s nominees,” the Washington Post reported Monday. “When the Senate comes back into session July 20, McConnell plans to turn his attention back to the coronavirus, giving lawmakers just three weeks to negotiate and pass a big rescue bill before they adjourn again through Labor Day.”

McConnell said last week that he has no intention of delaying the August 10 recess.

Sanders condemned the Senate for dragging its feet “in the midst of these unprecedented crises” and noted that the pandemic has been made worse by “a president who thinks the coronavirus will just ‘disappear’ and that he has a ‘natural ability’ to understand this deadly virus.”

“It will not, and he does not,” the Vermont senator said. “People are dying every day because of his lies and incompetence.”

Upon its return, Sanders wrote, the Senate must approve sweeping Covid-19 stimulus legislation that:

  • Uses federal funds to cover workers’ paychecks and prevent more layoffs;
  • Extends the $600-per-week boost in unemployment benefits;
  • Expands Medicare to cover the uninsured;
  • Provides emergency funding to prevent the collapse of the U.S. Postal Service;
  • Sends a $2,000 monthly check to every working-class person in the U.S. until the end of the pandemic;
  • Cancels rent and mortgage payments until the end of the pandemic;
  • Increases federal nutrition benefits; and
  • Requires the federal government to manufacture and distribute free face masks to everyone in the U.S.

The Vermont senator urged his supporters to sign a petition pressuring the Senate to “act and pass legislation to protect the health and economic well-being of the American people.”

“These are ideas that the American people support, and it is time that the do-nothing Senate implement them,” Sanders wrote. “But this I know: nothing will happen unless the American people stand up, fight back, and demand, in overwhelming numbers, that the Senate act.”

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6 Responses to SANDERS CALLS ON ‘DO-NOTHING’ SENATE TO APPROVE $2,000 MONTHLY CHECKS, CANCEL RENT, AND EXPAND MEDICARE

  1. Motherpearl5 says:

    It is a shame we are at United States of America and oh everybody’s worried about is the rich people that’s sad that you sit out here and you Republicans put us in this epidemic did nobody did this but the Republicans now we’re suffering out here we forced to go to work essentials workers we don’t have a choice, or we don’t have a job you got us paying extra money Find all these Clorox wipes all these face shields all these braids I’m so tired of smelling disinfected every day is feel like I’m dirty and I’m a clean person find all these clothes rack wipes all these face sheet with all these sprays I’m so tired of smelling disinfectant every day is feel like I’m dirty and I’m a clean person. making sure you keep wiping down your house fearful that you’re going to bring something home to your kids. The Governors was so scared to mandate mask at all the time because they so scare Donald Trump is going take funding from their states. that’s a shame you got that clown sitting up there making Decisions he doesn’t care about us he says whatever he wants to say. You guys gave the rich people money you should not of bailed those companies out first you should’ve gave the American people a $2500 check a month until we get out of this mess you put The American people Ian , then you should’ve helped these companies And they end up closing up after they got the money so who did you look out for with the first stimulus check it was not the American people.

  2. Tiffany says:

    You guys have know ideal on what the Americans people need. You get to go home to your big house and forget about what’s really going on. How can you take a break and people are suffering. Shame on you guys! You have money in the bank able to do as you please! But ,what about the others that don’t have that, what about the ones that can’t make rent, or pay the light bill, etc. And I just want to make this clear 600 dollars a week is not a lot of money. That’s $2,400 that rent and food and maybe a bill. Maybe you law makers should all live at the Poverty line for 60 days. And than tell me that 600 a week is to much. Rent alone is at $1500 a month for some families with kids. Y’all need a Reality check! Shame

  3. Tina says:

    I honestly believe that Congress is intentionally dragging their feet. Election is right around the corner. I think they are going to drag this on till then and then it will just disappear. All of them are using it to their advantage. Making sure they get their names out their for their valentine effort to help the US and then we all go and vote and presto the stimulus disappears. Keep procrastinating Congress there are so many people that are in bad shape and while you take your two week vacation there are people that don’t know how they are going to pay the rent, buy food for their families or keep the lights on in their homes. Wake up. Not everyone in the world gets the money and perks that all of you get some of us are hard working families that just barely get by.

  4. Tim says:

    McConnell needs to understand that the 40,000 cut off will not do enough for the families that are struggling. The income threshold should be left alone at 75,000 and 150 for married. These are the people losing homes life savings and not able to support families. If Republicans want to win in November they must do what is right for the American people. 40,000 orr less is just not enough to continue rebound of economy.

  5. Lashunda parker says:

    We really need the help it’s very hard please help us in our times of need god said he will never leave us nor forsake us please help

  6. Leila Blake says:

    Go for it Sanders, but also remember us that are on SS because we suffer also because everything has raised and we don’t all have a surplus to fall back on.

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