Companies targeted by Senator Bernie Sanders are firing back, calling his statements inaccurate in his accusations over food stamps.
Sanders plans to introduce legislation that would require large companies, specifically, Amazon, Walmart, and others, to pay a 100 percent tax on government benefits to their employees, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a significant portion of the farm bill.
Amazon countered this week saying Senator Sanders “continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits.” Amazon says Senator Sanders’ references to SNAP are also misleading because they include people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or chose to work part-time, both of which would almost certainly qualify for SNAP.
Sanders says Amazon’s median U.S. salary is $28,446, but Amazon counters that excluding part-time and global salaries, the U.S. median salary is $34,123.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.