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.”
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