For Immediate Release
Senate COVID Relief Plan Completely Insufficient
WASHINGTON - Jewish Action released the following statement on Tuesday in response to Senate Republicans’ newly-released COVID relief plan, the HEALS Act:
“The Senate GOP’s latest COVID plan is a slap in the face to Americans who have suffered through five months of the GOP’s disastrous management of the pandemic response,” said Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Washington Director of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action. “Sharply cutting unemployment benefits in exchange for another paltry direct payment – while continuing to leave out immigrants and giving $1.6 Billion to CBP – is a moral abomination that would force millions of families into poverty. Additionally, the funding for testing is simply too little, too late from a party that has questioned the need for COVID testing in the first place.”
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“American families are in desperate need of a COVID relief package that meets the scale of this crisis by guaranteeing health care to everyone, expanding our ability to vote safely by mail, and stopping mass layoffs while giving struggling families dignity. Senate Leadership should listen to the people and pass the HEROES Act instead of this mockery of a relief plan.”
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