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.
Labor Day Edition. In August, we saw slower progress in job growth than in the previous two months. The 1.4 million jobs gained included 238,000 temporary Census workers, whose jobs will end in about a month. While total unemployment declined to 8.4 percent, it was 13 percent for Blacks, 10.5 percent for Latinx, and 7.3 percent for whites, underscoring continued disparities in the way the pandemic recession is hitting different racial/ethnic groups. COVID-19 is not going away.“There are several states that are at risk for surging, namely North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, warning about the possibility of further spread over the holiday weekend. It’s been 5 weeks since the termination of the $600/week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and so far only 15 percent of workers have seen the $300/week promised by the Trump Administration. The Senate took zero steps to act during its 25–day vacation; they’re coming back right after Labor Day, and what they will do is very unclear. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control judged the threat of millions of evictions a public health emergency requiring a broad moratorium on evictions through December 31. But with millions using up their meager savings to try to pay bills and one-third to nearly half of Latinx and Black households with children unable to pay rent, emergency rental assistance and more income assistance is going to be needed to keep people in their homes.
In 41 states (including Guam and D.C.) COVID caseloads either stayed the same or roseover the most recent 2-week period. (In 15 states plus Guam new cases per capita rose; 24 states plus DC stayed the same.)
How muchmoney jobless people have lost in 5 weeks since the $600/week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation was allowed to expire that they would have received if the House’s HEROES Act had been signed into law. Tweet this.
The growth from 2019 to 2020 in the percentage of Black households with children that were falling behind in rent or mortgage payments or predicting they would. Among Latinx households with children, the percentage increased from 33% to 44%. Among white households with children, the percentage rose only from 18.5% to 19.2%.
30 to 40 million
The number of people in renter households facing eviction – as cited by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in its order announcing an eviction moratorium through December 31. So many evictions would result in overcrowding in housing and more homeless people in shelters, creating a public health emergency by increasing the spread pf COVID-19, CDC found. To make sure the moratorium applies to tenants, they need this from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.