Our hospitals are getting overwhelmed. Our medical workers can't get basic protective gear.
: It is immoral to delay any longer. Enforce the Defense Production Act to immediately produce and distribute the masks, gloves, gowns, and ventilators we need.
Amazon is putting the lives of workers at risk by exposing them to COVID-19.
That's why I led a letter with @SenSanders
demanding a response plan to protect Amazon workers during this pandemic.
In a rational society, an extremely contagious, deadly virus would get our government to finally pass universal paid sick leave for workers.
Why hasn’t it happened yet? The power of big money over our politics. twitter.com/ajfaultlines/s…
After 5 years of war, and 80% reliant on humanitarian aid for basic survival, Yemenis may be the planet’s most vulnerable people in the face of COVID-19.
This ceasefire proves an end to the war is possible.
Yemen needs peace, food, medicine, and diplomacy—not more US bombs.
My Republican colleagues had no problem voting for a trillion dollars in tax breaks for billionaires and large corporations.
But—horrors of horrors!—poor workers might get a few bucks more in unemployment in the midst of a terrible crisis. Oh my god, the universe is collapsing!
If you lose your job, you shouldn't lose your health care. That is why we are fighting for Medicare for All.
We had a bit of a debate last night when some of my anti-worker Republican colleagues tried to prevent low-income people from getting additional unemployment support.
I was not going to allow that to happen. washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03…
Who on earth could have predicted that dismantling the White House pandemic office and cutting the Centers for Disease Control might leave us unprepared for this crisis?
Pretty much everybody.
We are looking at an unprecedented crisis in American history.
The good news: Last night's bill expands unemployment benefits in a way that has never taken place before.
We will still need to go much further, and address working people's needs in a far more substantial way. twitter.com/NPR/status/124…
In this crisis, what the American people want is for us to use our taxpayer dollars in every way that we can to protect the working families of this country and the 50 percent of Americans who are living paycheck to paycheck, not just the billionaires and large corporations.
It is enormously dangerous to ignore medical experts and try to bring people back to work who may be sick.
Our first priority must be to protect the health of the American people.
Money is just money. Life is life.
I worry very much what the coronavirus will do, particularly in Yemen, where the U.S.-backed Saudi war has put millions on the brink of starvation.
Let us use the five-year anniversary of this horrific conflict to end our military involvement. Yemen needs peace, not U.S. bombs. twitter.com/FCNL/status/12…
NEW: Bernie Sanders WILL vote for the coronavirus bill as written BUT ONLY if GOP senators drop their demands, he just told me.
"I cannot at the last minute allow some right wing senators try to undermine the needs of workers and think they are going to get away with that.” twitter.com/SenSanders/sta…
Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund.
It is beyond belief that our health workers are putting their own lives on the line—risking infection—to care for the American people.
We need the masks, gloves, gowns and workplace protections to keep health workers, their patients, and families safe. washingtonpost.com/business/2020/…
When Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine 65 years ago, he understood its tremendous benefit to all of humanity and he refused to patent it.
Today, we must put human life above corporate profit. Any coronavirus treatment must be made free for everyone. commondreams.org/news/2020/03/2…
and I know that our Community Health Centers are on the frontlines of the #COVID?19
pandemic and serving so many of our uninsured neighbors. Robust funding for our CHCs is critical right now. twitter.com/sensanders/sta…
This was a theme last night on our show from @JosephEStiglitz
: have the government pay companies to keep their employees on payroll and getting checks. That's not currently how the McConnell-Trump bill is strutctured. twitter.com/nytimes/status…
Enough with the damn lies, @realDonaldTrump
. Listen to the scientists. Millions of lives are at stake.
Share of workers at major corporations without paid sick leave:
Pizza Hut: 88%
Burger King: 86%
Dunkin' Donuts: 85%
Taco Bell: 77%
We must make paid sick leave a right for all.
It is insane and unacceptable that the Trump Administration has given the Gilead pharmaceutical corporation a seven-year monopoly on a potential coronavirus treatment.
We will not tolerate profiteering. Any treatment or vaccine must be made free for all. theintercept.com/2020/03/23/gil…
Congress must act in an unbelievably aggressive way to tell all workers: You will be made whole. You will get 100% of your paycheck. thenation.com/article/econom…
Absurdly, in the middle of a pandemic, Trump is fighting in the courts to end:
👨🏽⚕️Guaranteed coverage for preexisting conditions
💉Free federally recommended vaccines
Today is the ten-year anniversary of the ACA, and I will be damned if we let Trump repeal twitter.com/samstein/statu…
The consequences of the coronavirus on people already suffering from war are truly unimaginable.
Humanity should end its conflicts and killing right now, and come together to save lives.
The United States can and must play a leading role in bringing about a global ceasefire. twitter.com/antonioguterre…
As corporate CEOs come asking the government for welfare checks, and Senate Republicans arrange for a $500 billion slush fund for them, Congress must stand firm: No stock buybacks allowed for companies seeking bailouts. nytimes.com/2019/02/03/opi…
This is truly outrageous. Congress needs to be working urgently to protect the health of the American people—not threatening the health care of millions of low-income people. twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/…
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.
It is a disgrace that our nurses at the frontlines of this pandemic don't have basic protective gear. If they get sick, what happens to our health system?
The Department of Labor must issue emergency protection standards for all our health care workers.
The job of Congress right now is to do everything we possibly can to protect Americans' lives and wellbeing—not hand out welfare checks to huge corporations.
Senate Republicans' partisan coronavirus package is outrageous:
❌Creates a slush fund for corporate bailouts
❌Does nothing to protect patients from huge bills
❌Denies millions of workers paid sick leave
❌Keeps state and local governments underfunded
We must do much better. twitter.com/washingtonpost…
Community health centers are at the frontlines of this pandemic, providing health care to nearly 30 million low-income people.
More than 160 lawmakers and I are demanding billions in additional funding so these centers have all the supplies, staff, and equipment they need.
States are competing to buy medical masks that went from $0.58 to $7 a piece.
We cannot tolerate price-gouging in the middle of this pandemic.
The president must immediately use the Defense Production Act to order companies to make the protective gear our health workers need. twitter.com/thehill/status…
When workers are laid off, they lose their employer-provided health insurance.
That is why we need a universal, single-payer system that guarantees health care as a right to all our people.
That is why we need Medicare for All.
That is the medical bill an uninsured patient got for being tested and treated for the coronavirus.
This is not the time for obscene profits or price-gouging.
Right now we must make health care free—including for the 30 million uninsured. time.com/5806312/corona…
What Congress needs to do right now is guarantee 100% of the wages of every working-class American and keep them on their employer's payroll.
We do not need to be handing out more tax cuts and no-strings-attached bailouts to huge corporations and Wall Street bankers.
Our delivery workers are doing some of the most important jobs in the country right now.
Why the hell aren't they getting the hand sanitizer, protective gear, and paid sick leave they need?
This should not be happening in the United States of America. nytimes.com/2020/03/21/bus…
Every country on earth is going to be affected by the coronavirus.
We are all in this together. We must work together.
If there was ever a moment to show each other unprecedented love, compassion, and solidarity, this is that moment.
In the richest country in world history, our medical workers do not even have the masks, gloves, ventilators and protections they need right now.
We need to fundamentally change the dysfunctionality, stupidity and irrationality of the current system. nytimes.com/2020/03/19/hea…
The 2008 Wall Street bailout ignored ordinary Americans.
Now, Senate Republicans are pushing a plan that does nothing for 22 million Americans making less than $40,000.
Let us learn from history. Let us focus on the working families in this country. slate.com/business/2020/…
The Senate GOP's plan to send checks will ignore many of our neediest:
A couple making $150K—$2,400
A senior getting $18K from Social Security—$600
Undocumented parents with citizen children—$0
Someone living off disability payments—$0
A student in 2018 who just got laid off—$0
I have been hearing from Vermonters around the world that they are not getting the support they need to come home. This is unacceptable. Today @SenSanders
and I called on the State Department to bring our friends and neighbors home now! #coronavirus #vtpoli
In this crisis, we have got to pay more attention to the most vulnerable. Mothers are skipping meals to feed their kids right now. Who’s going to respond to them?
We must guarantee the health, nutrition, shelter, and economic wellbeing of all our people. nytimes.com/2020/03/20/us/…
If the Federal Reserve can inject a trillion and a half dollars into the banking system, then Congress can say to the American people: "We have got your back. If you lose your job, then you will not lose income. You will be made whole." #saveworkers
Lives are at stake. Trump must start taking this national emergency seriously.
Without delay, we need to use the Defense Production Act to mass produce and distribute urgently needed medical equipment to every state and territory in America. twitter.com/atrupar/status…
As people are getting laid off and families are worried about their next meal, it is truly beyond my comprehension why the Trump Administration is fighting to kick 700,000 people off nutrition assistance in the middle of this pandemic. pbs.org/newshour/healt…
The majority of Amazon's 800,000 workers are working in warehouses and are worried about their safety.
We should ask Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, if he can afford to guarantee paid sick leave, hazard pay and safe conditions to all of his workers. washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
In the richest country on earth, our health care workers are facing shortages of the basic tools they need to fight this pandemic.
We must immediately ramp up American manufacturing to make the testing kits, ventilators, protective gear, and other lifesaving equipment we need. twitter.com/washingtonpost…
I voted for this coronavirus bill, a step in the right direction. As Congress drafts new legislation, we must go much further. For example, we need free health care and paid sick leave for all. Our job is to protect, at all cost, the health and economic safety of every American. twitter.com/NBCNews/status…
Iran is facing a catastrophic toll from the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. sanctions should not be contributing to this humanitarian disaster.
As a caring nation, we must lift any sanctions hurting Iran’s ability to address this crisis, including financial sanctions. twitter.com/cnni/status/12…
The coronavirus crisis is on a scale of a major war. We need:
🏥Testing and health care for all
💵Direct economic aid to every worker
🏡No evictions, foreclosures or utility shutoffs
🏭U.S. production of medical supplies
Now is the time for solidarity. We are in this together.