Senate Democrats Want Hazard Pay for Front-Line Workers

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Senate Democrats Want Hazard Pay for Front-Line Workers

Discussions over what should be in a fourth coronavirus aid bill are occurring in both houses of Congress. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today proposed that such legislation should contain a fund to give front-line workers a bonus for their service during the pandemic.

 

Under Sen. Schumer’s plan, workers deemed “essential” would qualify for a bonus that could be up to $25,000. These workers include doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, truck drivers, and pharmacists. For those workers who are paid under $200,000 a year, their federal bonus could be no more than $25,000. For workers who are paid more than $200,000 a year, their bonus would be capped at $5,000.

 

Sen. Schumer labeled his idea the “Heroes Fund.”

 

Congressional leaders and White House staff have been in discussions about whether there should be another coronavirus aid bill and what should be in this legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that the Senate may work this week on relief legislation. His preference is that the bill contain more aid for small businesses.

 

There have already been three coronavirus aid bills that have passed Congress and been signed into law by President Trump.

 

Do you think the federal government should give $25,000 payments to essential workers such as doctors, grocery store clerks, and truck drivers?

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