Poligon joined National Council of Jewish Women, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and other advocates for a digital lobby day to #ProtectTheVote. The digital lobby day included speaker Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), NCJW staff, and more. Speakers discussed the importance of vote by mail to ensure safety of everyone amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to watch.
Poligon and partners at the Domestic Human Needs coalition sent a letter urging Congress to immediately strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The letter asks Congress to immediately strengthen SNAP until the economy can fully recover by:
● boosting SNAP maximum benefits by 15%,
● increasing the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30, and
● suspending all SNAP administrative rule changes.
The House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the HEROES Act, by a vote of 208-199.
The bill includes:
The next step is the Senate will vote on the bill.
The House of Representatives introduced H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the "HEROES Act". This $3 trillion proposal far exceeds the cost of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, which is the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history.
A few highlights of the bill:
Poligon and 105 advocacy organizations, we urge you to support robust funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the next coronavirus response package.
The House passed H.R.266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, appropriating $484 billion to alleviate the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, which will provide loans to small businesses. It also funds billions in disaster relief loans and grants, provides aid hospitals, and boosts coronavirus testing.
The Senate passed H.R.266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, worth $484 billion to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
The package includes:
The House is expected to vote on and pass the legislation on Thursday.
Poligon and partners at the National Muslim Task Force sent a letter urging Vice President Pence, the head of the COVID-19 Task Force, to take action and increase test kits around across all 57 jurisdictions of the United States.
Join us and our Faithful Democracy coalition partners on Wednesday April 29th at 12pm EST to hear how the faith community is mobilizing to ensure that the 2020 primary and general elections are safe and fair in the context of COVID 19. Crucial issues of voting rights, public health and election security are emerging as key to any Get Out the Vote efforts. Planning and preparations are needed now at the federal, state and local levels to protect our democracy during this pandemic.
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Poligon and several advocacy groups sent a letter urging Congress to ensure all families, including immigrants, have access to COVID-19 relief aid.