An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Please Act Fast About COVID-19

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Please Act Fast Regarding COVID-19 As COVID-19 disrupts our daily lives, including our ability to work, pay rent, and send our kids to school, we need to ensure that working people can make ends meet, and not just finance bailouts for corporations. At a minimum, Congress must incorporate the following requirements into bailout funding that companies receive as part of any Coronavirus Stimulus Package: -Companies must maintain payrolls and use federal funds to keep people working, including paid sick leave. -Companies are banned from engaging in stock buybacks with the federal funds. -Companies are barred from paying out dividends or executive bonuses while they receive federal funds. -Collective bargaining agreements must remain in place. -Strong oversight by congress to ensure that funds are used to help every-day people-not the richest 1% and corporations. Anyone who seeks to use this health crisis to divide us endangers us all. We have yet to take strong enough actions to eradicate this virus and we are taking too long! Thousands of Americans will die because of this epidemic. The choices our government makes now to help us weather the outbreak of this virus will have lasting effects on millions of people. Now is the time for us to unite across our differences and make policy choices that help every-day people in pursuit of a safe and thriving nation.

First sent on March 23, 2020 by Lauren Paige McCall in SC

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