"Now I think what Pelosi did in the house, it is significant. It is important. I have some disagreements with it, and I want to see the Senate, improve on it," Sanders told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.
"Among other things I happen to believe that we should go in the direction of a paycheck security process similar to what has been done in Europe," he added.
Sen. Bernie Sanders says $3 trillion package passed by House is “significant” but he was some “disagreements” with it and Senate should "improve" it.May 17, 2020
Sanders appeared on ABC's "This Week" days after the House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package.
"I also believe that during this crisis, instead of funding the COBRA program, what we should do is make sure that all people in this country, including 87 million who are uninsured or underinsured before the pandemic have access to health care. And you do that by allowing Medicare, to fill in the gaps for the uninsured and the underinsured," he told Stephanopoulos on Sunday.
The bill backed by the Democrats only secured one Republican vote and 14 Democrats voted against the measure, including several of the Vermont senator's political allies. It is widely considered unable to pass in the GOP-controlled Senate.
"I think, Pelosi -- at least unlike the Republican leadership -- said you know what, we have terrible suffering in this country. We need to get money out to the cities and towns for the hospitals, we need to protect for the people. And I would hope that the Republicans wake up and understand the severity of the crisis that we're facing," Sanders said.
“If you're concerned about the working class of this country, understand the extraordinary suffering -- unprecedented -- that is now taking place demands that Congress act,” he added.
Sanders also took aim at President Donald Trump, saying that he believed Congress had to act because of organizational failures from the White House amid the pandemic.
“And I should say, George, that the scandal of the moment is that we don't have national policy. This is the president of the United States, we should have national policy based on science,” the senator told Stephanopoulos.
“You’ve got a president who blames everybody in the world for the problems that we face except himself,” Sen. Bernie Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos as the Trump administration blames China for economic challenges in the United States related to COVID-19. https://t.co/qFDrTXcf5B pic.twitter.com/tAeS6SkEUn— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 17, 2020
“Instead we got 50 states going it alone because we don't have that national protocol based on science but Trump will blame everybody for everything, instead of dealing with the crises that we face,” he added.
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