WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday threatened to block the $2 trillion emergency coronavirus response bill unless Republican senators remove their objections to some Democratic additions, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

“Unless Republican Senators drop their objections to the coronavirus legislation, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund,” Sanders said in a Twitter message.

Senators Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham and Ben Sasse said in a joint statement earlier said the bill offers a “strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work.”

As of Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University reported that there are 60,155 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 827 deaths related to the disease in the United States.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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