Issue: Congress is working on sweeping legislation to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on our country. Let’s make our voices heard and demand that our Members of Congress provide the support all Americans need during this time of crisis. See more below about what is being considered and what we should be requiring from our MoCs.
From Indivisible National:
What's happening in Congress:
There are multiple pieces of legislation on coronavirus moving through Congress. On Wednesday, Trump signed the second coronavirus response bill into law. This bill was an important step to provide people with the support we will need as we endure the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. However, we have to remember that Trump and his Republican allies pushed to weaken the bill before it passed the House, which will compound the effects of Trump's moves to actively make us less prepared to confront a pandemic. Congress cannot allow Trump and his lobbyist-stacked administration to hand out money to corporations while leaving families behind. Period.
Fortunately, Congress has already started working on a third coronavirus response package intended to tackle the looming consequences of the outbreak. While negotiations are ongoing, there are several areas Congress must consider while crafting this legislation:
• Safeguarding our democracy
• Ensuring the health care system can meet the scope of this crisis
• Providing economic support to families
• Supporting workers and small businesses
• Preventing unaccountable corporate bailouts
• Ensuring all policies include marginalized communities
In keeping with these principles, we think that any effective response to this crisis must include the following three policies (and you can read more about what should go into the coronavirus response bill in our full resource here):
1 Nationwide vote by mail, as laid out in the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act.
2 Direct cash assistance to individuals and families, with strenuous requirements attached to any corporate bailouts.
3 Universal paid sick days, family leave, and expanded Unemployment Insurance to fill in the gaps from the second coronavirus response bill.
Read on to learn what you can do to make sure these critical safeguards to protect Americans become law. And make sure to bookmark People Over Profits to see the latest updates as the situation evolves.
Here are your top actions to ensure Americans get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak:
1 Call your senator and tell them that the next coronavirus package must include these critical provisions. In this moment, we need to prioritize direct assistance to the people who we know are most impacted by this pandemic. That means mandating universal paid sick leave and expanded unemployment benefits. That also means establishing requirements for corporations who take taxpayer-funded bailouts. We can’t just hand over trillions of dollars to corporations -- we need to make sure that any taxpayer money they receive goes directly to workers, not to CEOs and shareholders. Call your senators now to demand they support these provisions be included in the next coronavirus relief package.
2 Call your representative and tell them the same. The previous coronavirus bills that passed originated in the House, and it didn't go nearly far enough in protecting folks most directly affected by this pandemic (millions of workers will be denied the protections in that bill). The House needs to make this right. Call your representatives now and demand that they support the above provisions be included in the next coronavirus package.
3 Demand your senators ensure safe, secure elections during the coronavirus outbreak. We know that the coronavirus is scary, and we’re all making sacrifices to minimize any further spread of the virus. We have seen some states make the very difficult decision to postpone primary elections in an effort to reduce community spread of coronavirus. But we can’t let this public health crisis impede the functioning of our democratic processes. That’s why we’re recommending states start now to build alternatives to in-person voting so that nothing will put the administration of the November presidential election at risk. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden have introduced a bill to assist states in expanding vote-by-mail for this November’s election. Call your senators to demand that the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act be included in the next coronavirus relief package.
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You can also call and fax these congressional leaders:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) —202-224-2541 phone, (202) 224-2499 fax
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) —202-224-6542,(202)228-3027 fax
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)--(202) 225-4965 phone, (202) 225-8259 fax
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)--(202) 225-2908