Sanders tells Republicans to agree to coronavirus bill on the table or he'll delay it
Bill is estimated at $2 trillion
March 25, 2020 - 5:35pm
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Presidential candidate and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday vowed to hold up the Senate’s pending, $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill, telling chamber Republicans to drop their objections to the legislation or he’ll try to amend it.
"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," tweeted Sanders, a democratic socialist.
The Senate has tried for days – including two failed votes – to pass the legislation to help American families and businesses struggling financially from the pandemic.
Senate and White House negotiators reached a deal early Wednesday morning on the bill, with a final chamber vote set for Wednesday afternoon.
GOP senators have raised last-minute objections to spending and language in the bill that they calculate will make remaining unemployed from the virus more cost beneficial than coming back to work.
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