Jul. 5, 2020

USA Senator Sanders calls on senate to pass economic and health legislation to help Americans

Here we are, in the midst of the worst public health crisis in more than 100 years.

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. 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.

We are in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Over 30 million Americans have lost their jobs, many have lost their health insurance and families across the country are struggling to put food on the table and not get evicted from their homes.

And the Republican Senate is doing nothing.

From coast to coast, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality and murders. The fight for racial justice is accelerating.

And the Republican Senate is doing nothing.

The temperature in Siberia recently reached 100 degrees, sea levels are rising, and scientists tell us that we have just a few years to move aggressively away from fossil fuels if we are to save this planet for our kids and future generations.

And the Republican Senate is doing nothing.

Meanwhile, in the midst of these unprecedented crises, not everyone is hurting in America, not everyone is worrying about how they will pay their bills or feed their families.

While more than 32 million Americans have lost jobs during this pandemic, the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality grows even wider as more than 600 billionaires have seen their wealth go up by $565 billion. Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, has seen his wealth skyrocket to nearly $172 billion as Amazon's stock soars.

Sadly, in the midst of all this, we have a "stable genius" president who is clearly incapable of doing the job required during these crises.

He denies science, and as he does the pandemic spreads.

This is 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. As a result, people are dying every day because of his lies and incompetence.

As you know, I have brought forth a number of initiatives to protect our people during this unprecedented moment in modern American history.

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

So before the Senate returns from our 4th of July recess, I would like my colleagues to hear from you.

Sign my petition: tell Senate Republicans that they must step up and pass legislation to protect the health and economic well-being of the American people.

That means:

Passing the Paycheck Security Act.

Passing the Emergency Health Care Guarantee Act.

Providing $2,000 emergency payments to every working class American until this crisis is over.

Saving the Postal Service.

Extending the $600 a week increase in unemployment benefits.

Canceling rent and mortgage payments until the pandemic ends.

Making sure no one in America goes hungry by substantially increasing nutrition assistance programs.

Manufacturing and distributing high quality masks for ALL through the Defense Production Act.

So today, I want to ask you to do something important — to make your voice heard on these issues before my colleagues return from recess. What do you say?

Sign my petition: tell Senate Republicans that they must step up and pass legislation to protect the health and economic well-being of the American people.

Thank you for making your voice heard.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

 

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