Call to pass emergency funding for Coronavirus relief

Call to pass emergency funding for Coronavirus relief

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    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the coronavirus emergency relief bill that would provide immediate assistance to people impacted by this pandemic.

    But Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans have been dragging their feet on voting for this bipartisan package. They need to hear from their constituents that this bill must be the priority for the Senate.

    Can you call your U.S. Senators and demand they support this bill and push for a vote immediately?

    More info on the bill below the line.

    There is something that Congress can do right now that could make a big difference in stopping the spread of novel coronavirus, and potentially save countless lives.

    By now, you've likely heard the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) advice that we should stay home, take symptoms seriously, and stock up on supplies in case of quarantines. This strategy has worked well in China, where health officials say the worst is now over.

    But here, in the U.S., lack of paid sick leave, income inequality, and lack of access to affordable medical care make these mandates impossible for millions of people. House Democrats have proposed an emergency bill that would provide:

    • Federally mandated paid sick leave for caretakers and ill people, to stop the spread of this virus by allowing sick people to stay home and avoid infecting others;
    • Free coronavirus testing that will allow people to know if they've been infected and health agencies to track the spread of the virus;
    • Emergency food aid for low-income pregnant women, young children, senior citizens, and food banks that may become overwhelmed as more people are temporarily out of work and;
    • Unemployment funding for workers laid off or furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Access to affordable health care, food, and time off are critical to keep the virus in check and save lives. Help flood the phone lines (and voicemails) in Congress by making a call now.