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Tell The U.S. Senate To Pass Legislation To Help Struggling Families

Roughly 2.5 million New Yorkers have filed for unemployment since the shutdown began, and many more have seen their hours and salaries cut. Families are facing economic insecurity, housing instability, loss of loved ones, and widespread uncertainty about their futures.

In May, the House passed the HEROES Act, which included a number of important provisions, including:

Increasing the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent, increasing the minimum monthly SNAP benefit to $30, and suspending SNAP time limits and administrative rule changes that would cut benefits.

  • Providing aid to state and local governments so they don’t have to make devastating cuts
  • Funding coronavirus medical treatment and testing
  • Providing direct aid for struggling families
  • Eliminating barriers to health screenings and treatment in Medicaid and supporting basic needs for immigrant families
  • Providing funds for housing support
  • Extending jobless benefits and paid leave

Unfortunately, the Senate is resisting the passage of similar legislation, putting families at risk of deeper, long-term hardship and putting our country at risk of a depression.

You can help by reaching out to your Senators and urging them to pass a comprehensive COVID relief package that supports families in New York and across the country.

Tell the Senate

Pass a Comprehensive COVID Relief Package That Helps Struggling Families

As families continue to struggle in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you to pass comprehensive legislation that addresses the needs of children and families. If Congress does not act now, we will see more families facing job loss, hunger, and homelessness; the long-term effects on the economy and the lives of Americans will be devastating.

The Senate must pass legislation that mirrors the HEROES Act and includes critical supports for families, including:

  • Increasing SNAP benefits and extending Pandemic EBT benefits
  • Providing aid to state and local governments so they don’t have to make devastating cuts • Continuing the $600 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits and extending paid leave
  • Funding coronavirus medical treatment and testing
  • Providing direct aid and emergency rental assistance for struggling families
  • Eliminating barriers to health screenings and treatment in Medicaid and supporting basic needs for immigrant families
  • Providing new investments in early education and child care
  • Providing direct aid to schools and school districts

I urge you to pass legislation that includes these priorities, and to reject the HEALS Act, which falls far short of addressing the crisis facing our country. Congress must act now if we want children and families to avoid deeper, long-term hardship caused by this pandemic