Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Renewed his calls for $ 2,000 a month in stimulus payments, called for $ 600 a month in unemployment benefits and invaded what he described as an “inactive Senate” amid suspended aid package talks. .
“The American people cannot afford to wait any longer,” the self-described Democratic Socialist tweeted.
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“Every working-class American needs $ 2,000 a month. Every unemployed American needs $ 600 a week. Every American needs health care as a human right. “No one in America should go hungry or homeless,”
Sanders has called for such payments before. In May, he called for $ 2,000 a month in payments along with current newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris and Ed Markey, D-Mass. He argued that the one-time payment of $ 1,200 provided for in previous coronavirus legislation, known as the Care Act, goes far enough to help families give up the coronavirus crisis.
The three senators introduced the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act to provide a monthly check of $ 2,000 to each person with an income below $ 120,000 throughout the pandemic and for three months after it ended.
Lawmakers in Congress are negotiating a new stimulus package, but so far have failed to reach an agreement that will pass both the chambers and President Trump. It is unclear to what extent the dynamics will change when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.
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This is the latest call for great relief from the left wing of the Democratic Party.
A spokeswoman for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, DN.Y., said Thursday that the United States is “paying people to stay home” to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It came a day after the congresswoman’s freshman toppled Republicans because they failed to reach a consensus with Democrats to alleviate the coronavirus.
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“30 million people in this country are at risk of emigration. “Millions of people are unemployed or underemployed from part-time hours,” she said. “The economy is not the stock market. We are NOT doing well. People need help in red and blue, and our job is to help everyone. This is basic. “
The squad member, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, had another suggestion: “We must send a check to every American until this crisis is over.”
Morgan Phillips and Marisa Schultz of Fox News contributed to this report.