Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is suggesting the Senate take a second look at the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the House and make a few changes.
Sanders is on board with most of the bill, but he does have a few recommendations.
“I think what Pelosi did in the House is significant. It is important. I have some disagreements with it and I want to see the Senate improve upon it,” Sanders said.
He added, “Among other things, I happen to believe that we should go in the direction of a paycheck security process similar to what has been done in Europe.”
Watch his comments below:
Sen. Bernie Sanders says $3 trillion package passed by House is “significant” but he was some “disagreements” with it and Senate should "improve" it.— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 17, 2020
“We should go in the direction of a paycheck security process similar to what has been done in Europe.” https://t.co/ptHQVQYaaO pic.twitter.com/3Bw3wkekeE
The House approved the bill on Friday includes $500 billion in additional aid for state governments, another round of direct payments, and hazard pay for those on the front lines, as IJR previously reported.
Sanders argued Pelosi took more action than the Republicans to respond to the suffering as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Pelosi at least, unlike the Republican leadership, said, ‘You know what we have terrible suffering in this country. We need to get money out to the cities and towns, to the hospitals,'” Sanders said.
He added, “We need to protect working people, and I would hope that the Republicans wake up and understand the severity of the crisis that we’re facing and the suffering that now exists.”
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Sanders if he would vote for the bill if it reaches the Senate floor.
“I would vote for a very substantive piece of legislation,” Sanders said.