Protect 14 Million American Workers by Extending Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Target: Senator Mitch McConnell

Goal: Extend Pandemic Unemployment Relief Program to 2021.

Over 14 million Americans may soon lose vital unemployment benefits that have kept food on their tables during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 raised the number of unemployed people in the United States from 6.2 million to 20.5 million. The United States Congress quickly enacted an emergency relief fund known as the CARES Act, which gives each unemployed individual an additional $600 dollars a week to offset the severe economic repercussions this virus has caused. However, this relief program is set to expire on July 31st, 2020. 

Since May, many states have begun to reopen their economies and in doing so, we have seen a drop in America’s unemployment rate. Republicans in the Senate argue that this drop in unemployment signals that there is no need to continue the added Pandemic Aid. In fact, many Republican leaders have voiced their concern that this relief fund will encourage workers to refuse work and further slow the economy. However, medical experts agree that the potential for a second wave of the virus is not only likely but probable. 

To cut off economic relief to so many vulnerable families would not only be inhumane, but it would likely lead to an economic fallout as many Americans struggle to afford basic necessities such as food or housing. Continuing to provide financial assistance to unemployed workers would provide a safety net for Americans who are unable to find work due to economic hardship or can’t work because of various health concerns. 

It is crucial that the Pandemic Relief Program be extended to ensure that millions of Americans have access to food and housing security. Please sign this petition urging Mitch McConnell to extend these programs that help the most vulnerable in our community. 

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator McConnell,

Millions of Americans face financial uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the United States’ unemployment rate has dropped in recent months, that drop has come with an increase in COVID-19 cases.

With the future of the economy and the pandemic so fundamentally uncertain and intertwined, it is deeply irresponsible to cut off financial aid to so many vulnerable Americans. The added unemployment benefits that were put into effect by the CARES Act ensures that people without work have access to food and housing security and, as such, help stimulate the economy to prevent further loss of jobs and small businesses.

It is imperative that you extend these benefits to correspond with the length of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are still millions of Americans who are unable to go back to work. Many businesses have already closed and many more workers are still unable to work because of the pandemic. Others are unable to work because of health reasons.

This crisis should not be a political issue. It is morally reprehensible to strand so many vulnerable people in such an uncertain time. Support the bill extending these benefits now. 

Sincerely, 

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Nick Youngson 




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