Date: December 01, 2020
“Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich excoriates Mitch McConnell for sending the Senate on vacation as the pandemic reaches its worst peak yet, and lays out the top policy priorities for a desperately needed disaster relief bill.
Food lines stretch for miles, 40 million people face eviction, and our Covid death toll is about equal to 9/11 every three days.
By the time the Senate returns on November 30, based on current trends, an additional estimated 16,000 Americans will have died from the virus.
People need disaster relief, and they need it now.
Congress must re-up expanded unemployment benefits, stop evictions and foreclosures, distribute another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, shore up state and local governments, and protect essential workers.
When the last Covid relief package was passed on March 27th, there were 18,093 new cases that day. Now, there are over 150,000 new cases every day. With hospitalizations lagging behind cases, and deaths lagging behind hospitalizations, it’s clear that this is going to get much, much worse unless people shelter in place. But most Americans can’t do this without relief.
The writing is on the wall. Do your job, Mitch McConnell.”