Pol Outlines Priorities  for Relief Package

Pol Outlines Priorities for Relief Package

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“New Yorkers, and families across the country, are suffering because of multiple crises—from food insecurity, to lost jobs, to child care shortages and the reduction of essential public services—and Congress must provide a lifeline,” Sen. Gillibrand said.

By Forum Staff

While COVID-19 relief package negotiations have hit an impasse, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently said she’s still pushing for vital support for American families.

“It’s unacceptable that Majority Leader McConnell has dragged his heels and let the clock run out on benefits that were keeping families and our economy afloat,” Gillibrand said. “New Yorkers, and families across the country, are suffering because of multiple crises—from food insecurity, to lost jobs, to child care shortages and the reduction of essential public services—and Congress must provide a lifeline. I will continue fighting for the inclusion of these crucial proposals in the next relief package in order to help American families face these unprecedented challenges.”

Gillibrand said she’s fighting for the following priorities for New Yorkers in the next phase of coronavirus relief legislation:

$50 billion in federal funding to stabilize child care providers as they work to safely reopen. With nearly half of all child care providers closed due the pandemic, Gillibrand has stood with local leaders in Troy, Poughkeepsie, Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse to call for the inclusion of a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund. The fund would provide grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector and support providers as they safely reopen and operate.

Extension of enhanced unemployment benefits. 49 states have experienced rising unemployment and unemployment numbers continue to rise with states scaling back plans to reopen businesses. Gillibrand is calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to renew the $600 per week unemployment benefit, authorized under the CARES Act, through at least Jan. 31, 2021.

$3.9 billion in federal funding for the MTA and $3 billion for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Due to the sharp decrease in ridership and the economic shutdown, public transportation is in desperate need of relief to address devastating revenue losses. Gillibrand stood with local leaders in North White Plains to advocate for this funding and sent a letter to Senate leadership to push for its inclusion in the next relief package.

Expansion of the nationwide moratorium on evictions. More than 14 million people are behind on rent and moratoriums on evictions are expiring across the country. Gillibrand is calling for the inclusion of the Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020 to expand the nation-wide moratorium on evictions for housing through at least March 27, 2021, protect renters from immediate displacement, and prohibit evictions based on nonpayment of rent.

Expanded SNAP and P-EBT benefits. Last week, more than 29 million American households didn’t get enough to eat. To address the alarming hunger crisis caused by the pandemic, Gillibrand is pushing the Senate to provide an increase in maximum SNAP benefits by 15 percent, extend the P-EBT program and expand eligibility, and expand the SNAP program so that more Americans have more options to put nutritious food on the table.

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