As the global economy, American health infrastructure and Democratic presidential primary have ground to a halt, there was one moment on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that amounted to a refreshing return to normalcy: the sight of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont sarcastically excoriating Republicans on behalf of the nation’s beleaguered working class.
“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,” Sanders said, as the Senate debated a stipulation in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that would pay low-wage workers more in relief wages than they might have earned if they were employed.
Four Republicans, including Sens. Lindsay Graham (S.C.), Ben Sasse NE), Rick Scott (FL) and Tim Scott (S.C.), had threatened to hold up the bill unless an amendment was passed to reduce unemployment benefits for the poorest workers.
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