CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship October 2, 2020
October 2, 2020
The Americans are broke edition. Nearly 180 million Americans face the possibility of having their utilities cut off. More and more can’t make rent or put food on the table. Just yesterday, more airline workers lost their jobs than at any point in U.S. aviation history. And at Disney, once the “happiest place on Earth,” 28,000 just-laid-off workers aren’t so happy. State governments are facing a combined shortfall of $555 billion over the next few years. (Click here for a great and comprehensive report detailing how people in individual states are faring.) The state and local government shortfall is going to affect all of us in the years to come. As our friends at the Economic Policy Institute remind us, states that grow their public workforces during times of recession fare better than states that don’t — they experience fewer job losses overall, fewer private sector job cuts, less growth in unemployment and faster job growth. But states can’t do this, because the Senate and the White House won’t help them. All of the above can be avoided. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered the White House a compromise COVID-19 relief package, which the House passed 214-207, and negotiations with the White House haven’t ended. But Republicans in Congress balked. And balked. And balked. It is not too late to tell Senators to do the jobs they were elected to do – protect the American people. Senators particularly in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina need to hear from their constituents! Scroll down to see sample tweets that you can send to these senators.
Tweet to key Senators: it’s very important that Senators hear our concern, click links below to tweet.
Example tweet message to Senator Collins of Maine:
.@SenatorCollins, #DoYourJob and pass a robust #COVIDRelief package before leaving DC. The people of Maine cannot wait any longer. 63,000 adults are not having enough to eat- that’s 7% of all ME adults.
Click the link below to send a similar tweet to:
AZ: Senator McSally
CO: Senator Gardner
KE: Senator McConnell
ME: Senator Collins
MT: Senator Daines
NC: Senator Tillis
SC: Senator Graham