UAW International Rep. discusses differences in stimulus packages

United Auto Workers International Representative Desiree Hoffman spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 13 about key differences in the proposed stimulus packages.

Hoffman highlighted the key differences between the House passed HEROES Act and the Senate proposed HEALS Act.

Unemployment benefits

One main difference that separates the two is the unemployment insurance benefit. With millions filing for unemployment due to COVID-19, the HEROES Act gave $400 more than the HEALS Act to support people until they get back on their feet.

Hoffman also said the HEALS Act lacks state and local government funding, leaving public services such as police and fire departments severely underfunded.

USPS funding

Additionally, Hoffman noted the absence of funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the HEALS Act.

With no funding in sight, the USPS has been left underfunded. Postal workers have been cut off from working overtime, slowing down the overwhelmed USPS.

“Entitlement programs”

Finally, Hoffman said the HEALS Act would eliminate entitlement programs if passed.

She said Republicans tend to use the term “entitlement programs” when they are really talking about medicare and other publicly funded assistance programs. It is a strategy to make their actions sound less callous.

At the end of the segment, Hoffman touched on the issues with President Trump issuing an executive order to freeze payroll taxes.


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