Amazon and Bernie Sanders at it again: Sanders introduces 'Stop BEZOS Act'
The bill comes a day after Amazon hit the $1 trillion mark in market cap.
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The bill reportedly uses Amazon founder and CEO
' name to stand for "Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act." It would "establish a 100 percent tax on corporations with 500 or more employees equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low-wage workers," Sanders said.
Watch this: Amazon takes heat for worker wages, website outage
The e-commerce giant and the former presidential candidate exchanged blows again last week. Sanders criticized the company for treating its workers poorly. Amazon defended its record and claimed the Sanders presented "misleading and inaccurate" allegations regarding the company's working conditions and wages.
Sanders' statements came after he asked Amazon employees to share their experience working for Amazon, whose warehouses, he noted, are on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's list of most dangerous places to work in the US.
"The wealthiest person in the world is advertising jobs that pay workers wages that are so low that they have to go on public assistance and be subsidized by the middle class of this country," said Sanders in a statement. "That's wrong. That has got to change."
Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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