'Unconscionable': Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill as Experts Declare Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic
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Critics lambasted Senate Republicans on Wednesday after Sen. Lamar Alexander blocked a vote on an emergency paid sick leave bill hours after the World Health Organization officially declared the global coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) moved to speed the proposal through the legislative process so senators could quickly vote to guarantee all American workers 14 days of paid sick leave in the event of a public health emergency.
“For many of our workers―restaurant workers, truck drivers, service industry workers―they may not have an option to take a day off without losing their pay or losing their job,” Murray said. “That’s not a choice we should be asking anyone to make in the United States in the 21st century.”
Claiming the bill would be an “expensive” and burdensome mandate for employers, Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, blocked the Senate from voting on the bill, saying it must be voted on first by the GOP-controlled Health Committee.
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
March 11, 2020 at 10:32 PM #284853retired liberalParticipant
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Nothing for the common person.
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
March 12, 2020 at 3:58 AM #285006not4saleBlocked
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by the millions. That’s not hyperbole, it’s the 100% absolute truth.
March 12, 2020 at 6:22 AM #285040Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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on its face, thats a valid conclusion
we should start saying so
March 12, 2020 at 6:49 AM #285044Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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Claiming the bill would be an “expensive” and burdensome mandate for employers, Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said “We can’t afford it. Work & kill people or stay home & die yourself, your choice, but don’t cut into our profit margins.”
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