Dear Member of Congress,
Our families are hurting! COVID-19 cases are starting to surge again, the unemployment rate, especially among women of color, is still in the tens of millions, and our families don’t know when or if our kids will be able to return to school or childcare, meaning we don’t know when or if we’ll be able to return to work.
We need a families- and economy-first approach to COVID-relief, NOT a corporations-first approach.
We call on you to focus on families and workers in this moment and reject Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s COVID-relief proposal, which prioritizes the needs of corporations and partisan wins over the lives and livelihoods of struggling families. Our economy will recover only when our families have the support they need.
Pass immediately instead a bold, far-reaching, comprehensive COVID-relief package which includes:
- At least $50 billion to save our child care infrastructure and at least $175 billion in federal aid to K-12 schools to stabilize education funding, help close the digital divide, and guarantee the safety of educators, support staff and students.
- Permanent paid family and medical leave and earned sick days for all workers.
- Extending unemployment insurance, including continuing the $600 boost past July 31st and tying its phase out to economic indicators. And a second round of direct payments to struggling families, including immigrant families
- Increases the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefit by 15 percent and increases funds for school meals and other nutrition programs that are in unprecedented demand
- Redirecting criminal justice and police force funding that is not specifically for COVID-19 health and safety precautions or supporting decarceration to other programs.
- Decarceration of as many people as safely possible from jails, prisons, and detention centers, especially children, the elderly, pregnant people, and people with health vulnerabilities.
- No-cost testing, treatment, and vaccinations for all, including immigrant communities and ensures that testing and treatment for COVID-19 is covered under emergency Medicaid
- Expansion of the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) and the Child Tax Credit to support struggling families
- Aid for state, local, territorial and tribal governments
- $3.6 billion in election assistance funding for states to ensure that every state has the resources they need to expand vote-by-mail, early voting, and online voter registration, as well as ensure the safety of poll workers.
We are counting on you to stand up for our families!