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In the midst of a global pandemic, the American people need champions in Congress. We’re still waiting.

MARCH 26, 2020

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In the midst of a global pandemic, the American people need champions in Congress. We’re still waiting.

It has been 13 days since President Trump announced a national emergency in the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the nearly two weeks since his announcement, several cities and states have gone into lockdown, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and the death toll from the virus has continued to rise. Meanwhile, Congress has been hard at work advocating for the little people like the airline industry, cruise lines, and utility corporations. 

Wait…that doesn’t sound right.

While congressional Republicans have been determined to prioritize corporate bailouts, at least some members of Congress have been burning the midnight oil to fight for the millions of people struggling to make ends meet right now.

House Democrats have proposed expanding direct cash transfers, expanding paid sick and family medical leave, bolstering our health care infrastructure, protecting frontline workers, and strengthening food security programs, among other things. Their proposals have been opposed by Senate Republicans and the Trump administration who instead are set on engineering a  $500 billion slush fund to bail out big corporations, undermining economic security measures for everyday people, and slashing taxes for megacorporations.

While economic relief is badly needed, it cannot come with a no-strings-attached corporate bailout. House Democrats should not approve the Senate package as is. They must ensure that the money in this relief bill goes to people who are struggling, not corporate shareholders and CEOs.

We will keep repeating ourselves until congressional Republicans and the Trump administration take our struggle seriously: Fight for the people. We are losing our jobs, we are losing our health insurance, and we are dying.

Below are Tax March’s statements since Trump’s declaration of a national emergency:

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