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Progressive Groups Express Outrage at Senate Republicans and Trump for Walking Away from COVID-19 Stimulus Negotiations

WASHINGTON - The following statement was released by the American Federation of Teachers, Care in Action, Community Change Action, Greenpeace, Indivisible, MoveOn and SEIU:

"Senate Republicans and President Trump are abandoning their constituents and the country as a whole, and causing chaos and turmoil by refusing to negotiate on COVID-19 relief. Right now, the United States is approaching five million cases of COVID-19 and more than 160,000 deaths. Tens of millions of people are facing impossible choices as supplemental unemployment insurance runs out and eviction protections expire. Millions of immigrants and people of color have been entirely unable to access relief, and essential workers are going without protections and benefits they need. Meanwhile voters face the impossible choice between protecting their health and participating in our democracy.

"An executive order stunt is no substitute for real relief that meets the scale of the economic and public health crisis that is currently facing Americans. It is shameful that Senate Republicans and the president are refusing to work to pass the HEROES Act on behalf of the American people.

"It has been 84 days since the HEROES Act passed in the House, a bill which would provide the relief desperately needed. While Senate Republicans and the White House have spent the past two months refusing to engage in negotiations, the economic suffering is getting worse each day.

"We'll continue to fight alongside congressional Democrats for the tens of millions of people who have been devastated by the COVID-19 crisis and push for the provisions in the HEROES Act. 

"The measures in the HEROES Act are essential for our economy to recover, avoid mass layoffs and protect millions of workers. They cannot be replaced by executive orders or other partisan stunts."

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