We need your help with one last big push to secure comprehensive COVID relief. Federal negotiations have stalled, and without congressional action millions of Californians will lose out on the resources they need to weather this crisis.
Last week, Senate democrats voted down leader McConnell’s inadequate “skinny” bill, because it fell vastly short of addressing the breadth and gravity of the COVID crisis. Unfortunately, the Senator doesn’t appear to be advancing a counter proposal and we are still nowhere closer to a coronavirus deal than we were back in May when the House passed the HEROES act. Several months have since passed, and we are in an “all hands on deck” moment. If congress fails to find agreement on a relief package before the end of September, we may not have COVID relief until early 2021. Given rising hunger, that timeline is unacceptable.
Many of California’s members of congress have been fighting hard for comprehensive COVID relief. But we need to encourage them to keep up the fight. Advocates across the country are coming together for a national call-in day on Wednesday, September 16 to urge Congress and the administration to immediately pass a comprehensive COVID-19 emergency relief package. If you have already reached out to your members of congress, today is a good time to circle back. When you reach out, elevate the potential harm of inaction.
How You Can Help
- Join the September 16th call in day and encourage others to join you. Click here for a sample script and congressional contacts. link
- Post to social media. This Hunger Relief Toolkit includes California-specific social media resources. link
- Issue public statements and help generate media through op-eds, letters to the editor, and editorial board outreach.