Purpose of Stop BEZOS Act is not to demonize Amazon, says Dem rep

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaThe realities of workplace violence for emergency nurses Shrapnel in Yemen strikes links US-made bombs to 63 civilian deaths: report Dems seek ways to block Trump support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen MORE (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that he is not aiming to demonize corporations with legislation that would charge large companies for federal welfare programs that support low-wage workers. 

“No one wants to demonize entrepreneurs or demonize companies. That’s not the purpose of this," Khanna told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"No one is saying that Jeff Bezos is evil or a bad person. I buy Amazon products. We get them all the time to our house, and there’s a lot that’s innovative about his model. But what we’re saying is we need to make sure that everyone is participating in the economic success," he continued. 

“Think about it from a worker’s perspective. They’re working hard. They choose the company that’s the richest company in the world. They choose to work there and they still can’t make ends meet. Something is wrong with that picture," he said. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren joins Sanders in support of striking McDonald's workers Kavanaugh allegations could be monster storm brewing for midterm elections      Senate approves 4B spending bill MORE (I-Vt.) announced the Senate version of the bill, known as the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act last week. 

Khanna, whose Bay Area district includes tech companies, introduced companion legislation in the House, known as the Corporate Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act.

Sanders cited a New Food Economy report that said a third of Amazon employees in Arizona and thousands in other states rely on food stamps. 

Amazon disputed the report's findings in a blog post last month, saying the food assistance recipients were employees who only worked for Amazon briefly or chose to work part-time. 

“Senator Sanders continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits,” Amazon wrote. "We encourage anyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers." 

— Julia Manchester