URGENT: Tell Congress to stand up to extremists, and avert a government shutdown!
Congress has until September 30th to avoid a possible government shutdown—but extremists in the House are standing in the way.
A right-wing faction is threatening to block government funding legislation unless their demands to dramatically slash spending, impeach President Biden, and build a border wall are met.
We cannot allow our government to be held hostage by a small group of extremist lawmakers who are out of step with the American people. It’s critical that members of Congress—regardless of party affiliation—stand up to these far-right extremists and prevent them from holding our government hostage.
Already we’re seeing drastic cuts to nutrition programs like SNAP, millions of people being disenrolled from state Medicaid programs, and extremists in the House pushing deep cuts to services like Head Start, K-12 education, mental health services, and WIC.The last thing we need is a government shutdown over extremist demands.
Now is the time to invest in communities by keeping the government running and passing funding bills that place the needs of Americans and the public interest first.
The we’re-still-counting-votes-and-COVID-cases edition. Even as a record number of Americans cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, COVID-19 cases in the U.S. reached staggering levels. For the first time, we surpassed 100,000 new cases in a single day. Case levels have reached alarming new records in recent days as outbreaks continue to grow across the country. Weekly infection rates reached record levels in nearly half the country in late October. Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota are among the states struggling to handle the onslaught of cases amid shortages of both nurses – who themselves are infected or in quarantine – and ICU beds.
Meanwhile, economists are warning of a “double dip” recession in the coming months, caused by the surge in infections. But there could be a hint of good news on the horizon. This week, in a post-election reversal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up a COVID-19 relief package when it returns for its lame-duck session. We don’t know how serious McConnell is or how robust the package will be, but McConnell did open the door to the possibility that it will include aid for state and local governments – urgently needed so that governments can continue to provide essential services, and to prevent further layoffs of government workers, which in turn would cause further damage to the economy.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. on November 5. This was one day after the number of daily cases first exceeded 100,000, and marked a 54% increase from two weeks earlier. Tweet this.
More than 800
The average number of COVID-19 deaths per day in the U.S. in early November. That’s below the spring peak, but much higher than in early July. Tweet this.
Proportion of tenants not caught up on rent, as surveyed from October 14-26 (8.4 million people). More than one in five people in households where someone lost work income is behind in rent.
The number of eviction filings in 24 cities tracked by Princeton University’s Eviction Lab since March. Currently, a moratorium prevents actual evictions, but landlords may still proceed with filings. In Maryland, “hundreds” of eviction filings were submitted in court by Westminster Management, part owned by Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner. Westminster adds court fees to the rent owed when the notices are filed.