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House Democrats Show Their Republican Counterparts How to Actually Advocate for Low- and Middle-Income People

MARCH 24, 2020

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House Democrats Show Their Republican Counterparts How to Actually Advocate for Low- and Middle-Income People

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late last night, House Democrats brought forth their third proposal to build on the coronavirus response packages enacted into law earlier this month. The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act would:

  • Put money in the pockets of individuals and families,
  • Enhance unemployment compensation and expand paid leave,
  • Ensure food security,
  • Support small businesses,
  • Assist state and local governments,
  • Invest in schools and universities, 
  • Boost states’ election infrastructure to protect our upcoming election,
  • Make crucial health care affordable and accessible, and
  • Protect frontline response workers.

“This is the kind of leadership the American people need right now,” said Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint. “We don’t need endless corporate slush funds and bailouts, we need bolstered health care, food security, support for struggling small businesses, and most importantly, money in our pockets. People across the country have been begging for help from our lawmakers for weeks now — this third package from House Democrats finally begins to answer those cries.”

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are still trying to bail out megacorporations and bad-acting industry titans instead of prioritizing the American people. President Trump is encouraging this bad behavior, punting direct relief for people to the side and putting corporate tax cuts and bailouts that could be used on his own businesses front and center. It’s no wonder the Senate Republicans’ so-called ‘relief package’ failed to move forward on the floor of the Senate yesterday.

Newsflash: If you want to help the millions of people in America struggling to make ends meet right now, you need to prioritize our livelihoods over the industry lobbyists who have bought your loyalty to their success over ours. 

It’s time for the Senate to follow the lead of House Democrats and sign onto this package as soon as possible. With the number of coronavirus cases mounting and unemployment on the rise, we don’t have any time to wait.

House Democrats are doing their jobs — Trump, Senate Republicans: When will you?

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