Millions of vulnerable people including children and families continue to struggle to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the lame-duck session, the Senate must address the urgent needs of workers, children and families and prevent the loss of education and other vital services.
We need to tell the Senate to act, and to finally pass desperately needed pandemic relief for millions of struggling Americans. The House passed a needed package of COVID-relief legislation to address the incredible need of people throughout our country back in mid-May―six months ago! Then the House passed another bill intended to push negotiations forward in October. Time and again, Mitch McConnell and Senate leadership have chosen to do absolutely nothing on behalf of millions of people who are suffering.
On Election Day, tens of millions of Americans made their priorities clear: focus on COVID-19, create good-paying jobs to lift up working families, and meet the urgent needs of children and families.
More than 20 million jobs have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. And while roughly half of those have been recovered, the staggering amount of job losses is dramatically increasing hardship, leaving families on the brink of hunger and homelessness. One in five renters with children is behind on rent, and 12 million adults living with children say they did not have enough to eat in the previous week. More delay will cause needless harm to people’s health and lives.
We cannot wait any longer. We must demand the Senate immediately act to provide COVID-19 relief.