Republican Senator Kills Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill | Crooks and Liars
Senator Lamar Alexander just screeched the brakes on Senator Patty Murray’s effort to get an emergency paid sick leave bill onto the floor of the Senate, according to HuffPost.
Murray tried to get the bill straight to the Senate floor, bypassing the health committee, noting that many people who don’t have paid leave through their jobs will inevitably miss work due to being sick or quarantined in the coming weeks. Guaranteed paid leave was important both for public health and the good of the broader economy, she argued.
“For many of our workers ― restaurant workers, truck drivers, service industry workers ― they may not have an option to take a day off without losing their pay or losing their job,” Murray said. “That’s not a choice we should be asking anyone to make in the United States in the 21st century.”