On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the economic crisis and growing inequality. As of mid-August, more than 29 million Americans were receiving some sort of unemployment insurance.
Democrats support an extension of $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits, but Republicans won’t budge. Over 30 million people say their households don’t have enough to eat and despite a federal ban, renters are still being evicted. According to the Poor People’s Campaign, 140 million people in the US are poor or low-income. What will it take to truly tackle this crisis and what’s at stake in the upcoming election?
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