Bernie Sanders introduces 'Stop BEZOS Act' in the Senate
The bill’s acronym is a dig at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and stands for Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act.It would establish a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with at least 500 employees, the former presidential candidate said on Wednesday.
“Amazon is worth $1 TRILLION,” Sanders tweeted Tuesday. “Thousands of Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing to survive. That is what a rigged economy looks like.”
The bill follows similar legislation introduced in Congress last summer by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). The Corporate Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act currently has nine co-sponsors, including democratic Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District.
“All this legislation is saying, is: Taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for paying the expenses of workers employed by multi-billion dollar companies,” Khanna said. “The basic premise of the American dream is that if you work hard and you work for a company that’s doing well, you should earn enough to support your family. Instead, we have an absurd situation where companies with a trillion dollars in market cap — the wealthiest in the world — with employees who don’t make enough to support the basic needs of themselves and their families.”disillusioned73, djean111, Pastiche and 2 othersNV Wino, elias39 like thisYou've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right? I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
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