Yang rips Sanders's federal jobs guarantee, says it poses 'whole set of problems'

Presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Andrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast MORE ripped Democratic rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.) over his proposed federal jobs guarantee, saying implementation would ignore "a whole set of problems" for parents and caregivers.

“The spirit of it is fantastic,” Yang told Hill.TV during an interview that aired Thursday. “But the implementation would have a whole set of problems.”

“The biggest issue I have with this idea of federal jobs guarantee is it ignores the sort of work that my wife does every day who's at home with our two boys, one of whom is autistic,” he added. “The federal jobs guarantee does nothing for parents, nurturers and caregivers.”

Sanders's campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sanders’s proposed federal jobs guarantee is based on the notion that all Americans should be entitled to a well-paying job that pays at least $15 an hour and comes with health care and child care.

Yang also doubled down on defense of his universal basic income proposal, which has drawn criticism from Sanders.

“If you put this money into our hands, it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs right in our communities where we live and work,” Yang told Hill.TV. “Work that we’d be excited about doing.”

Yang has warned that automation is one of the biggest threats to the labor force, and that his solution is a universal basic income program that would give every American $1,000 a month.

The former entrepreneur used the third Democratic primary debate to announce a pilot program of his proposal.

During his opening statement at the debate last week, Yang announced that he would randomly pick 10 families to receive $1,000 a month for a year.

He told Hill.TV that 500,000 people have already signed up for the Freedom Dividend pilot program.

In an interview with Hill.TV in August, Sanders said there’s “no question” that automation and artificial intelligence would have a fundamental impact on working families, as Yang has argued.

But Sanders said “people want to work,” and to “be a productive member of society.”

—Tess Bonn