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Offbeat Bernie Sanders introduces BEZOS Act, slamming Amazon's low wages

19:40  05 september  2018
19:40  05 september  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

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Bernie Sanders ' criticism of Amazon peaked Wednesday as he and Rep. "Our legislation gives large, profitable employers a choice: Pay workers a living wage or pay for the public assistance programs their low - wage employees are forced to depend upon," Sanders said of the proposed law.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill — the "Stop BEZOS Act " — that would require large employers such as Amazon .com and Walmart to pay the government for food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their workers.

Senator Bernie Sanders' criticism of Amazon peaked on Wednesday as he and congressman Ro Khanna, a fellow Democrat from California, introduced legislation to tax corporations for every dollar that their low-wage workers receive in government health care benefits or food stamps.

The bill, pointedly called the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or BEZOS, Act, is aimed at shaming companies like Amazon and Walmart, whose workers rely on public assistance.

For months, Sanders has targeted Amazon, juxtaposing the wealth of CEO Jeff Bezos with reports that Amazon warehouse workers are paid less than industry averages and rely on food stamps.

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Bernie Sanders Introduces "Stop BEZOS Act " Targeting Big Companies With Low Wages .

Bernie Sanders introduced a bill today that culminates weeks of feuding between the Vermont senator and Amazon , a The Stop BEZOS Act is supported by California Representative Ro Khanna, who last year introduced similar legislation, the Corporate Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act .

Bezos is the the richest man in the world, with a net worth of more than $168 billion.

"Our legislation gives large, profitable employers a choice: Pay workers a living wage or pay for the public assistance programs their low-wage employees are forced to depend upon," Sanders said of the proposed bill.

For example, if an Amazon worker received $2,000 in food stamps, Amazon would be taxed $2,000 to cover that cost.

Amazon has previously called the Vermont Democrat's claims about working conditions in its fulfillment centers "inaccurate and misleading" and a spokesperson declined to further comment on the bill.

You can watch the announcement by Sanders and Khanna here:

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