WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday unveiled details of a plan that would give “essential workers” such as doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, building cleaners, letter carriers, and transit workers a government funded pay bump of up to $25,000 during the coronavirus pandemic.
“They’re the ones who keep our society together during this pandemic allowing others to stay home,” said Brown. “They’re the ones that people don’t notice until they’re not doing their work. If we’re going to tell these workers who are essential to our country you have to go to work during a public health emergency, then their paycheck should reflect that.”
Brown broached the idea last week in a letter to President Donald Trump, that sought the extra compensation for workers, as well as additional precautions to protect them from workplace exposure to the COVID-19 virus. On Wednesday, he released details of the 'Heroes Fund" proposal he worked out with a group of Democratic colleagues including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.
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