Pelosi, Schumer call for paid sick leave and unemployment insurance


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that any coronavirus economic stimulus plan from the administration must include paid sick leave and unemployment insurance, among other worker-friendly provisions.

Their statement comes as administration officials are considering a variety of economic responses to the coronavirus, including possibly targeted tax breaks for affected travel and tourism industries.

“We are demanding that the administration prioritize the health and safety of American workers and their families over corporate interests,” Schumer and Pelosi said.

They called for inclusion of paid sick leave; enhanced unemployment insurance; expanded food stamp, school lunch and other nutrition programs; widespread and free coronavirus testing; and anti-gouging provisions.

Source : The Washington Post


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