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CHN’s Weinstein calls on members of the U.S. Senate to pass COVID-19 relief before departing
September 25, 2020

On Friday, Sept. 25, CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate imploring Senators to pass robust COVID-19 legislation before they leave Washington.

CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship September 25, 2020
September 25, 2020

The abandonment edition. It is becoming increasingly evident that Sen. Mitch McConnell and his GOP colleagues are prepared to abandon their constituents in their time of dire need. They have resisted a vote on a robust COVID-19 aid package.  Senators are planning to leave town – and look at the carnage they are leaving behind in the wake of their hasty retreat. More than 200,000 deaths – roughly one in every 1,600 people in the U.S. has died of COVID-19 — and on Friday the U.S. eclipsed 7 million confirmed cases. Progress in slowing the march of the pathogen has stalled. Twenty-eight states plus Puerto Rico have shown increases in the seven-day average of new cases since the final week of August.

Voting in the era of COVID-19 
September 22, 2020

In March, when the United States shut down due to coronavirus, the upcoming election was pushed to the back burner in the minds of many as people struggled to be financially secure and stop the spread of the virus. Many months later, individuals are still grappling with the lack of federal resources, students have begun virtual learning, large social gatherings are still being avoided, and masks have become the new normal everywhere. As the Nov. 3 election approaches in the unexpected midst of COVID-19, we need to ask: will voting at the polls be safe?

CHN’s COVID-19: Tracking Hardship September 18, 2020
September 18, 2020

The 200,000 deaths edition. Within days, the death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. will surpass 200,000. At some point we have to ask Sen. Mitch McConnell and his obstinate band of Republican cohorts, how many lives is too many? And how long and how deeply must our nation suffer? Unemployed Americans already have lost the $600 weekly UI benefit that expired at the end of July. Now millions of Americans are seeing their state UI paychecks vanish as well, as 26-week time limits expire. A child care crisis is unfolding before our very eyes, as many people cannot go back to work without access to affordable child care. Overburdened state and local governments are cutting programs right and left, even though we need more investment, not less. And still: not a dime from the U.S. Senate.

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