Khanna, Sanders, propose medical masks for all

Progressives Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna, in addition, to proposing to give every American a medical mask, have proposed several other joint bills in recent years.

With the number of coronavirus cases surging in many parts of the country, including California, and locally, in Alameda County, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill on Tuesday to mail a medical mask to all Americans.

“If we can afford a $740 billion defense budget, we can afford to send every American a face mask,” said Khanna, who represents Fremont and parts of Silicon Valley.

“Congress has a responsibility to step up where the White House has abdicated its responsibility and ensure every family has the equipment they need to stay safe. If we’re asking folks to wear a mask, which is absolutely essential, it’s on us to provide one.”

The bill would allocate $5 billion to the effort. The medical masks would be shipped to Americans via the U.S. Postal Service.