After a month and a half of the HEROES Act sitting untouched in Mitch McConnell’s lap, the Senate majority leader has finally proposed his own woefully inadequate proposal.
Mitch McConnell’s proposal does NOTHING for America’s workers. In fact, it offers:
- $0 for the Postal Service ✉️
- $0 for state and local governments ️
- $0 for hazard pay ⚠️
- $0 for nutrition assistance
- $0 for the uninsured/underinsured
The pitiful proposal does not address safeguards for renters and homeowners from evictions and foreclosures, it strips millions of their unemployment benefits, and gives nothing to the U.S. Postal Service ahead of one of the most important presidential elections in America’s history.
To no one’s surprise, the proposal, along with the Trump Administration’s furlough of USCIS employees, has caused a stalemate in Congress at a time when we couldn’t need action sooner. U.S. House members have put their foot down and said they won’t go on recess until a bill is agreed upon, but the Senate is still set to go on vacation next week.
Just last week, millions who lost their jobs through no fault of their own during the coronavirus pandemic were stripped of $600 in weekly unemployment benefits—benefits that were keeping them and their families afloat. For the Senate to go on vacation before coming to an agreement that would save lives is despicable and disgraceful.
- Extending $600 per week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation for unemployed workers which ended July 31st.
- Preserving healthcare benefits by passing a 100% COBRA premium subsidy for families who have lost access to their employee-based insurance.
- Safeguarding renters and homeowners from evictions and foreclosures.
- Protecting the pensions we have earned by allowing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to provide partition assistance to struggling multiemployer plans.
- Increasing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
We are facing a crisis unlike anything the labor movement has ever dealt with before, and it’s going to take every single union member to hold Congress accountable.