Trump’s Rolled Over for China
Donald Trump has failed to protect Americans’ health and livelihoods from the coronavirus pandemic, and now he’s trying to shift blame onto China.
There is no question that China must be held accountable — but Trump has proven that he’s not capable of doing that. He spent weeks and weeks offering absurd flattery of China and unwarranted praise for its transparency as the crisis developed.
Trump points to his China travel ban as proof he took the coronavirus crisis seriously. However, more than three dozen countries had already restricted travel from China before he acted. After Trump’s travel ban, more than 40,000 people continued to fly into the U.S. from China.
Contrast Trump’s praise for China and ineffective travel ban with Vice President Joe Biden, who warned in February, “I would not be taking China’s word for it. I would insist that China allow our scientists in to make a hard determination of how it started, where it’s from, how far along it is. Because that is not happening now.”
Instead of holding China accountable and prioritizing Americans’ health, Trump rolled over for China and got played on both trade and the epidemic that has halted the U.S. economy and killed or sickened hundreds of thousands of Americans.
OHIO DEMS IN THE HEADLINES
Sen. Sherrod Brown Pushes For “Heroes Fund”
Last week U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced his “Heroes Fund” proposal, a pandemic premium pay plan that would help reward, retain and recruit essential workers who are on the frontlines of this pandemic.
“Workers in hospitals and nursing homes, in the service sector and public safety, and throughout our economy are risking their lives during this public health emergency to keep our citizens safe, and their paychecks should reflect that. Frontline workers also need proper protection from the virus at work,” said Brown. “The next coronavirus-response package Congress passes must honor the dignity of their work by including this Pandemic Premium Pay proposal to compensate our frontline heroes and mandatory safety requirements to keep them safe on the job.”
Brown’s plan includes:
- A premium pay increase of up to $25,000 for essential workers, equivalent to a raise of $13 per hour from the start of the public health emergency until Dec. 31, 2020, and
- A $15,000 essential worker recruitment incentive to attract and secure the workforce needed to fight the public health crisis.
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Tim Ryan agree that essential workers need supplemental pay.
Fudge told Spectrum News 1, “We keep saying they’re essential, but we don’t treat them like they’re essential. You don’t pay an essential worker $8 an hour or $10 an hour.”
Ryan said, “My goodness, I mean, this is the least we can do. We’re throwing around trillions and trillions of dollars. I think those people on the ground should be the ones who get a little bit of reward for really being there for all of us for such a difficult time.”
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