United Auto Workers International Representative Desiree Hoffman joined Ed “Flash” Ferenc on the Oct. 8 edition of AWF Union Podcast. They spoke about the new Supreme Court nomination made in the wake of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Vice Presidential debate and the likelihood of another COVID-19 stimulus package.
After the passing of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time in saying he would fill the vacancy before the presidential election. This comes after holding a vacant seat open for nearly a year saying the people should decide who fills the seat.
President Trump quickly nominated the very conservative Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat.
Against the wishes of Bader Ginsburg to hold off filling the vacancy in the event of her passing until after the 2020 election, the President is attempting to fill the seat. The result of this could be the repealing of important pieces of legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the ACA is struck down, millions of people will lose their healthcare coverage and people with pre-existing conditions will be forced to fend for themselves and pay a higher price for coverage.
Hoffman said that President Trump and congressional Republicans have tried for years to strike down the ACA. She said the problem Republicans have created for themselves is that they have not produced an alternative.
Finding economic relief
A study was then presented to Hoffman finding that 79 percent of small businesses owners favor congressional action on a stimulus package over ramming through another judicial nominee.
Despite this, President Trump decided to end stimulus talks until after the election. Seeing financial markets tanks, Hoffman said Trump then signaled that he would like a “clean” stimulus bill.
Looking ahead, Hoffman looked to the promises of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and the plans that they have presented should they win the election and make up ground in congress. She said a Biden administration would provide more requirements for personal protective equipment, a national emergency temporary standard to protect workers and increased testing and contact tracing.
Lastly, Hoffman commented on the long term economic recovery the United State is looking at.
She said that this economic recession will last quite some time. As people continue to be out of work she thinks they will become demotivated to rejoin the workforce. The only way to keep these people motivated and to keep employers open is to pass a stimulus package.