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Senate bill reducing benefit shows GOP disconnect

The GOP-controlled Senate’s latest COVID-19 relief bill, the Heals Act, reduces the additional $600 a week unemployment benefit to $200 and shows how out of touch they are with the American people.

The additional unemployment benefit, a lifeline keeping millions of those left unemployed by the pandemic afloat, adds up to be 10 cents on the dollar of the of the $2 trillion CARES Act that was passed in March.

The GOP proposal, which will require borrowing $1 trillion, reduces the extra support because they feel it’s too much money to give to workers and is a disincentive not to go back to work.

Their bill also includes liability protection, because they have to shield the rich as they force people back to work without fixing the real problem.

Republicans and the president are more interested in staying in power than protecting its people during this pandemic.

Now is the time for Congress to support working families and let corporations fend for themselves. The House relief bill, the Heroes Act, extends the additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits through January 2021 and requires borrowing an additional $3 trillion. This plan is much more comprehensive in that it includes a number of other programs to help American families with housing, increased testing and hazard pay for essential for essential workers to name a few.

But until we have strong leadership from the federal government to get COVID19 under control, we will continue towards a depression that could have been avoided.

Jim Therrian

Kihei

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