The meager $1,200 stipend promised in the multitrillion-dollar stimulus package isn’t even guaranteed to make it to Americans who need it the most. This bill offers up something much more robust and potentially helpful to millions of Americans.
And just to be clear, ambitious young Republican Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri knows that the skyrocketing unemployment rate is not going away and will clearly affect both Democratic and Republican voters. He’s written an op-ed floating his own big-bad-government stimulus that would enlist the federal government to cover “80% of wages for workers at any U.S. business, up to the national median wage.”
All of these stimulus packages come a few days after Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state introduced a much more generous 100% coverage of wages, up to $100,000, as well as their healthcare benefits. Hawley’s proposal, while similar, caps the wages up to the “median income,” which the Washington Post estimates is somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000.
Rep. Jayapal told the Post that while her bill includes things outside of her personal belief system—allowing some benefits to big business—she was willing to vote for it because “This isn’t about ideology anymore. The reality of the crisis allows people to put some of those things aside. Some of those red lines aren’t there—they aren’t for us.”