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GOP coronavirus bill is 'selling out working families'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer

The GOP is “selling out working families” in an attempt to "enrich the corporate interests" with its new coronavirus relief proposal, the US Congress top Democrats say.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement Tuesday, attacking the Republicans in control of the upper chamber of the Congress.

“Two and a half months after Democrats delivered the solutions to defeating the virus and safely reopening the country in The Heroes Act, the Senate GOP has now come back with a weak, piecemeal proposal that will only prolong the suffering for millions of workers and families across America,” read the statement.“The Senate GOP proposal is a sad statement of their values, selling out struggling families at the kitchen table in order to enrich the corporate interests at the boardroom table.”

The two Democrats further warned that if the Republicans continue with their plan, the covid-19 pandemic will exacerbate.

“Catastrophe is looming, and until Senate Republicans get serious, they must answer to every hungry child, every family that cannot make rent, every worker being denied their UI for their delays. Democrats remain ready to work with Republicans on real solutions to bring immediate relief and save lives and livelihoods,” the statement concluded.

The Democrats particularly criticized a cut from $600 a week to $200 a week on the federal unemployment insurance.

There are so far 4.4 million confirmed cases of covid-19 in the United States with 151 thousand deaths recorded.

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