Congress should bail out gig workers, Cohn says

President Donald Trump’s former economic chief said Sunday that Congress should require businesses to pay independent contractors out of work during the coronavirus crisis.

“Think of people that work at stadiums and arenas. Think of people that work in catering businesses. Think of Uber drivers and Lyft drivers. They need to get compensated as well,” Gary Cohn, Trump’s former chief economic adviser, said on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

Democrats are expected to secure $250 billion allocated to unemployment insurance in a deal with the Trump administration. But that would not help workers classified as independent contractors, who are ineligible for unemployment benefits.