Bernie Sanders outraged over coronavirus relief bill pushback

"Somebody who's making 12 bucks an hour, might be making a few bucks more for four months. Oh my word! Will the universe survive?" Sen. Bernie Sanders had some strong words for those of his colleagues who consider the coronavirus relief bill overly generous.

Who is Senator Bernie Sanders?

Bernie Sanders was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY, to Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia. In 1958, he finished in third place in a race for student body president. By 21, both his parents had died. In 1963, he attended the March on Washington. At 22, he was arrested protesting against school segregation. In 1964, he received a degree in political science from the University of Chicago. In 1981, after winning by just 10 votes, he became the mayor of Burlington, Vermont — running as a democratic socialist. At 49, he became the first independent to be elected to Congress in 40 years. In 2007, he became a senator. Since Sanders has been in office, he has advocated for policies such as increasing the minimum wage and various democratic and socialist aspects of bills such as the coronavirus stimulus bill.

“And now, I find that some of my Republican colleagues are very distressed. They’re very upset that someone who’s making 10-12 bucks an hour might end up with a paycheck for four months. More than they received last week. Oh my God! The universe is collapsing. Imagine that. Somebody who’s making 12 bucks an hour, now, like the rest of us, faces an unprecedented economic crisis, with the 600 bucks on top of their normal… their regular unemployment check… might be making a few bucks more for four months. Oh my world! Will the universe survive? How absurd and wrong is that. What kind of value system is that?” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asks in the United States Senate chamber on March 25, 2020.

What’s next for Sanders?

In 2016, during the presidential campaign, he emphasized his socialist views while facing Hillary Clinton, but ultimately lost to Clinton. On February 19, 2019, he started his second presidential campaign. In this campaign, Sanders’ principal policies are the Green New Deal, Medicare for all and reducing inequality for Americans. As of March 26, he is trailing former vice president Joe Biden by 305 delegates in the Democratic presidential primaries.