Sen. Bernie Sanders weighed-in Friday on the national response to the Coronavirus pandemic; saying the federal government must “cover the paychecks of every worker” during the ongoing crisis.
“If today we had the same level of inequality we had forty years ago, the bottom 90% of American households would be earning $12,000 more every year. $120,000 per decade. Do not tell me we cannot afford to cover the paychecks of every worker during this horrific pandemic,” he posted on social media.
If today we had the same level of inequality we had forty years ago, the bottom 90% of American households would be earning $12,000 more every year.
$120,000 per decade.
Do not tell me we cannot afford to cover the paychecks of every worker during this horrific pandemic.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 10, 2020
Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden released a series of new plans this week to expand Medicare and forgive portions of student loan debt; moving left as he hopes to secure his party’s nomination this summer .
“Former Vice President Joe Biden released plans to expand Medicare eligibility and forgive some student debt as he works to unite a fractured Democratic base behind his presumptive 2020 presidential nomination,” reports The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 10, 2020
“Biden announced Thursday he would lower the Medicare eligibility age to 60 and forgive federal student debt for low-income and middle-class people who attended public colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and underfunded minority-serving institution (MSI),” adds the website.
“I believe that as we are being plunged into what is likely to be one of the most volatile and difficult economic times in this country’s recent history, we can take these critical steps to help make it easier for working people to make ends meet,” Biden wrote. “Senator Sanders and his supporters can take pride in their work in laying the groundwork for these ideas, and I’m proud to adopt them as part of my campaign at this critical moment in responding to the coronavirus crisis.”
Read the full report here.
BERNIE on VIRUS: Federal Government Must ‘Guarantee Income and Health Care for All Americans’
Sen. Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his demands for a universal basic income during the Coronavirus pandemic Thursday morning; saying the federal government must “guarantee income and health care” for all Americans.
“Last week, 6.6 million applied for unemployment. Millions more will lose their jobs in the coming weeks. In the midst of this horrific crisis, Congress must pass a new, unprecedented emergency bill that guarantees income and health care for all Americans. Working on details now,” posted Sanders on social media.
Last week, 6.6 million applied for unemployment. Millions more will lose their jobs in the coming weeks. In the midst of this horrific crisis, Congress must pass a new, unprecedented emergency bill that guarantees income and health care for all Americans. Working on details now.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 2, 2020
Sanders ripped the Trump administration’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic this week; calling the White House’s efforts to slow the spread of the disease “insane.”
“Millions are losing their jobs and health care at a rate never before seen in American history. @realDonaldTrump’s response? Block http://HealthCare.gov from enrolling people who desperately need insurance during a pandemic. That is insane,” posted Sanders on social media.
Millions are losing their jobs and health care at a rate never before seen in American history.@realDonaldTrump’s response? Block https://t.co/ArVjlUxRZn from enrolling people who desperately need insurance during a pandemic.
That is insane. https://t.co/psXteIQGCU
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 1, 2020
Sanders ripped the Republicans’ Coronavirus relief package on social media last Monday; saying the plan focuses on “corporate CEOs” at the expense of “food and transit workers.”
“Reading the Republican coronavirus bill, you’d think the most important people in America are corporate CEOs. That is wrong. Our essential workers include: Health workers. Delivery and warehouse workers. Food workers. Transit workers We must put their needs ahead of CEOs,” posted Sanders on twitter.
Reading the Republican coronavirus bill, you'd think the most important people in America are corporate CEOs. That is wrong.
Our essential workers include:
🚚Delivery and warehouse workers
We must put their needs ahead of CEOs.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 23, 2020
President Trump sent a message of hope directly to the American people during his daily press briefing Sunday evening; saying the US has “a leader that will always fight for you” and “won’t stop until we win.”
“For those worried and afraid, please know as long as I am your President, you can feel confident that you will have a leader that will always fight for you and I will not stop until we win,” said the Commander-in-Chief flanked by the Vice President.
BERNIE on CORONAVIRUS: ‘The First Thing We Have to do is Shut This President Up Right Now’
Senator Bernie Sanders used the country’s ongoing Coronavirus crisis to smear President Trump during Sunday night’s Democratic Debate; saying the Chief Executive has to “shut up” and stop “blabbering.”
“Well, the first thing we have got to do, whether or not I’m president, is to shut this president up right now” said Sanders. “Because he’s undermining the doctors and the scientists who are trying to help the American people, it is unacceptable for him to be blabbering with un-factual information, which is confusing the general public.”
Bernie Sanders on what he'd do as president to help Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic: "Well, the first thing we have got to do, whether or not I'm president, is to shut this president up right now" #DemDebate https://t.co/166aRFdJui pic.twitter.com/u5mVoV33PR
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 16, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control issued a revised warning to the American people over the weekend; urging all citizens to avoid gatherings -both public and private- of more than 50 different people for the next eight weeks.
“If followed, the guidance — the strongest and most sweeping to date from the agency — will significantly increase the pandemic’s disruption to U.S. public life for the next two months. Governments worldwide are already making tough decisions aimed at keep their citizens safe,” reports the Washington Post.
“A slew of new states and cities, including Illinois, Washington state and New York City, have announced plans to close schools and severely restricted their nightlife by shuttering bars, restaurants and clubs, allowing takeout food only or cutting hours,” adds the newspaper.
The announcement comes just moments after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the nation’s biggest metropolis to close all schools, restaurants, bars, night clubs, and theaters to stop the spread of the disease.
“Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) March 16, 2020
“We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbors,” he added.
“This virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together,” de Blasio’s statement said. “We have to break that cycle.”
Read the full report at the Washington Post.