“The bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers.”
Early Saturday morning the US House of Representatives voted 363-40 to pass a coronavirus relief package, days after the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic. The US Senate won’t take the bill up until at least Monday, because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to give Senators the weekend off.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing widespread criticism Saturday for misrepresenting what the legislation would actually do.
In a letter to her Democratic colleagues Saturday Pelosi wrote:
“I am very proud to write that the provisions we put forth with your input, including paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, enhanced Unemployment Insurance, food security initiatives and free and widespread testing, are all included in this agreement. “
The New York Times editorialized Saturday afternoon:
There is a death star sized hole in the paid leave bill because Republicans insisted on exempting about 80 percent of workers from it and Dems capitulated. https://t.co/SpY0Ks37I7 pic.twitter.com/V1TnxYFbAK
— Adam Serwer? (@AdamSerwer) March 14, 2020
Pelosi’s paid sick leave bill applies to only 20 percent of American workers. What is the point of the Democratic Party? https://t.co/Gvo1h0xZ4w
— Alex Sammon (@alex_sammon) March 14, 2020
Props to @nytopinion for calling out @SpeakerPelosi for inadequate action. “The House’s failure to require universal paid sick leave is an embarrassment that endangers the health of workers, consumers and the broader American public.” https://t.co/qnltnsa3lx
— Ben Spielberg (@BenSpielberg) March 14, 2020