Urge Congress to Pass Additional Coronavirus Relief Measures

UPDATE (08/10/20): After talks stalled between the White House, Democrats, and Senate Republicans, Trump bypassed Congress by signing an executive order to end the negotiations. However, the orders are insufficient compared to the needs facing the nation, and will not come close to doing enough in combating the current crisis. Congress must return to negotiations and deliver real relief to the American public.

While Congress has already passed three separate relief bills to alleviate the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact, additional help is urgently needed to avoid an upcoming economic cliff. The CARES Act, which was signed into law in March, included provisions like expanded unemployment payments, mandated private insurance coverage of coronavirus testing and treatment, and cash payments to most American households. However provisions of the CARES Act begin to expire at the end of July and Congress must do more to support our economy and help people stay safe to reduce coronavirus’ spread.

In May, the House passed an additional $3 Trillion COVID stimulus package with the HEROS Act but the legislation has stalled in Mitch McConnell’s Senate. Thousands of Americans can’t keep up with housing, utility, and student loan payments thanks to ballooning job losses. Thousands more must work despite infectious risk because they lack paid sick leave. Congress must immediately pass additional measures to alleviate economic pressure on US families.

The next coronavirus stimulus package should include:

  • An extension of the $600 per week unemployment compensation program (which expired on July 31st);
  • Suspension of all consumer and small business credit payments (including mortgages, student loans, and personal loans);
  • Suspension of negative consumer credit reporting;
  • A nationwide ban on evictions;
  • Suspension of rent and utility payments;
  • Expansion of monthly stimulus payments;
  • Expansion of paid sick days, family and medical leave, nutrition and food assistance programs, and housing assistance;
  • Payments and other assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments;
  • Funding for education and schools that does not require schools to reopen for in-person classes
  • Funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; and
  • Elimination of cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments.

Congress must act decisively to protect families from economic ruin and enable people to stay safe while we work to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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