LWVUS has actively been supporting measures that meet basic human needs and protect voting rights as Congress and the President have moved forward with approving stimulus packages to address the economic and health, and public safety needs during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes a memo to the U.S. House and Senate urging them to support policies for communities, families, and workers experiencing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic on March 13, 2020 and other letters joined in partnership with coalition members. Read several of the letters below.
LWVUS sent a memo to the U.S. House and Senate urging them to support policies for communities, families, and workers experiencing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter urges Congress to vote YES for policies that will help families, communities, and workers facing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The polices outlined in the letter include paid sick leave & emergency paid leave benefits, providing emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance to families, emergency unemployment compensation, and flexible and affordable health provisions from private insurers. The memo was sent on March 13, 2020 and can be read in full here.
The League also joined a letter led by the National Immigrant Law Center that asked Congressional leadership to address provisions in the third stimulus bill that would unfairly exclude millions of immigrant families, including mixed-status families with U.S. citizen children and family members from health care and financial relief provisions. This letter was sent to leadership on March 20 and can be read in full here.
The League also joined a letter led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights calling on Congress to include funding for provisions related to our elections in the third stimulus bill. This letter outlined key policies that must be put in place or expanded in order to safeguard the 2020 election cycle. This letter was sent on March 21 and can be read in full here.