Unemployment checks must go out quickly for the millions of people who have been left without a job because of closures due to the coronavirus epidemic, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday.
"We need those unemployment checks to start going out in the next two weeks," the New York Democrat said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "We passed a very good, strong bill aimed at workers first, creating the 'Marshall Plan' for hospitals. Now the administration has to get the money out quickly to those unemployed people or they're going to really be stuck and their businesses will be stuck as well, their small businesses and others."
Unemployment claims hit a record 6.6 million cases on Thursday, and Schumer encouraged everyone to "think of that in human terms."
"Most of them have worked hard and long at their companies," he said. "They have pride in their work and they're gone, through no fault of their own. At least, you know, our unemployment on steroids which we passed, we had to force the Republicans to do it, says you will get your full pay or close to it from the federal government for four months and you can be furloughed by your company, not, you know, kicked off."
Schumer said he has been speaking with President Donald Trump, and will be sending him a letter about the need for quick unemployment checks to go out and for a military czar to take charge of distribution and production of medical equipment.
"The administration has got to move Heaven and Earth to get those checks out," he added.
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