Bernie Sanders Threatens to Hold Up Coronavirus Stimulus Relief Package

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) threatened to “put a hold” on a historic $2 trillion relief package aimed to cushion the economic blow from a coronavirus pandemic to force stronger restrictions on the $500 billion intended for distressed businesses.

In a statement, the Democratic Socialist Senator said he is “prepared to put a hold on this bill” to lobby for tighter restrictions on companies receiving aid from a taxpayer pool of $500 billion, unless his Republican colleagues drop their objections.

“Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund to make sure that any corporation receiving financial assistance under this legislation does not lay off workers, cut wages or benefits, ship jobs overseas, or pay workers poverty wages.”