Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Make a quick call for our COVID-Relief National Call In Day!

Call your Senators today and tell them: #DoYourJob!

Dear Rob,

1/3 of families with children are struggling to put food on the table during COVID, yet President Trump and Republican U.S. Senators are stalling, failing to take action, and ignoring the plight of our families and economy. [1] Let's raise our voices, make some calls, and be sure they hear us loud and clear!  

The clock is ticking. We have only about a week to go for the U.S. Congress to pass a long overdue COVID-relief package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues in the Senate who are holding things up need to feel the pressure and stop standing in the way of real relief!

***Join me in making a high-impact phone call to your U.S. Senators to tell them to do their job! 

Text DoYourJob to 747464 and we'll connect you directly to your state's U.S. Senator's office. When their staff picks up, say: "Get back to the negotiating table and pass a robust COVID-relief package that protects all our families, including immigrants, and includes unemployment benefits, childcare, and paid leave."

Despite the fact that the House of Representatives has passed both the HEROES Act, which provides over $1 trillion in comprehensive COVID-relief funding, and the Child Care is Essential Act, which provides $50 billion to save our child care system, both bills have sat on Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell's desk as he has proposed weak bill, after weak bill that have failed instead. [1,2] What our families need desperately is a robust COVID-relief bill that lifts up all families and our economy.

What are we dealing with? Unemployment, parents and students struggling with virtual learning, some teachers dealing with inadequate protections during in-person learning, childcare centers being closed, our front line workers still without the adequate funding they need to fight this virus; as well as our state governments experiencing massive budget shortfalls impacting job training, healthcare, education and nutrition programs and a lot more. Needless to say, we are stressed! We need help! We need help specifically from our national leaders.

***Call your U.S. Senators right now! Text DoYourJob to 747464 and we'll connect you directly to your elected leaders in Washington, D.C. (After you call one Senator, you can call back and get the other).

It's been nine weeks since the federal eviction moratorium expired and eight weeks since the $600/week boost in unemployment benefits has expired. And Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just sits there blaming anyone but his own party for not providing the relief our families need. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have been willing to negotiate for months, but their colleagues across the aisle have stone walled them—all at the detriment of our families. [3]

Enough is enough! Congress will leave for the election at the end of September and we need them to pass a robust COVID-relief package that lifts up our families and our economy before they leave town.

We have been told that the highest impact action we can take right now is making phone calls to our U.S. Senators. We want to make sure the phones ring off the hook today, so join me in calling your Senators and telling them to #DoYourJob!

You can use our hotline. Just text DoYourJob to 747464 and we'll connect you directly to your U.S. Senator's office. (If you call back a second time, you'll get your other Senator).

Our families are hurting and the clock is ticking. We need Congress to pass a robust, comprehensive COVID-relief package immediately. So after you call your U.S. Senators, forward this email to your friends and family and RT us on Twitter.

Thank you so much for taking this quick and high-impact action!

-Elyssa, Hanna, Donna, Kristin, and the entire MomsRising Team

[1] "'Children Are Going Hungry': Why Schools Are Struggling to Feed Students." NPR, September 8, 2020.

[2]H.R.600 HEROES Act.

[3] "Progress! Today's U.S. House Votes Will Help Child Care Programs Stay Open or Re-Open, Support Working Families, and Aid Our Recovery—If the U.S. Senates Does Same." MomsRising, July 29, 2020.

[4] "Congressional leaders insist coronavirus relief deal is needed but point fingers on inactions." Washington Post, September 11, 2020.

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