Poligon joined the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19, a coalition with over 34 American Muslim organizations, which aims to make recommendations to support self-quarantine and following public health guidance released by local, state, and federal government authorities. Task Force is comprised of Muslim health professionals, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), charity, civil rights, and advocacy organizations. Click here for more information.
President Trump has signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package into law, after the House voted to approve the bill, also known as Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is the third aid package from Congress this month to address the coronavirus pandemic. This relief package includes direct payments to many Americans, an expansion of unemployment insurance program, offers relief to business through loans, and aid to hospitals.
The House will join the Senate in an extended recess due to the pandemic. Speaker Pelosi told reporters that House Democrats are in the early stages of drafting a fourth coronavirus relief package that will include substantial investments in infrastructure. The next bill is expected to include policies that will:
The bill is expected to be introduced in the next few weeks.
The House voted to approve the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide a $2 trillion relief package to help Americans during the ongoing public health crisis. The package offers significant relief for workers, small businesses, and corporations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The final package includes:
It now heads to President Donald Trump, where he’s expected to sign it into law.
House Ways and Means Committee released a resource on information relating to unemployment compensation provisions and answers to frequently asked questions are available.
The Senate unanimously voted to approve the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which aims to provide a $2 trillion relief package to help alleviate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill was voted on late Wednesday night, the delay was caused by disagreements to the bill's unemployment assistance provisions which would allow unemployed Americans to get paid during the pandemic. The Senate voted to keep the unemployment insurance provision for laid-off workers that will allow for four months of full pay.
The final package includes:
The House is set to vote on these measures this Friday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will leave for recess and will return April 20th.
Poligon and 158 organizations sent a letter in response to the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Public Law No: 116-127, and urged the Department of Labor to consider the following recommendations as they implement the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) provisions of the
The Department should make every effort to ensure that as many working people as possible are covered by the law. Unnecessarily excluding additional working people would endanger the health of these individuals, their families, and their communities. Low-wage workers, who are often in public-facing jobs, are least likely to have access to paid sick days or paid family and medical leave, yet may be unable to afford time off without it, making it difficult to comply with government orders and public health recommendations.
The White House and Senate have reached a $2 trillion spending package deal aimed at helping individuals, businesses and the health care system amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced the negotiation deal on the Senate floor around 1:30 AM, after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other White House administration officials.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, S.3548, includes funding to increase duration of unemployment insurance, to provide immediate relief for small businesses, and to provide emergency education funding.
The bill also includes funding for the following:
The bill does not include expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, expanding paid sick leave for all workers, and assurance that everyone is able to receive access to care, regardless of immigration status. The Senate is set to vote on the bill later today.
Progress Caucus Action Fund released an in-depth analysis of the Senate Republican proposal released on March 22, 2020 and the House Democrats Proposal of H.R. 6379, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, as introduced on March 23, 2020. This comparison focuses on select issues areas.
Poligon sent a letter to urging Congress to oppose the provisions in S. 3548, the CARES Act, introduced by Senator McConnell, that deny critical sustaining loans to non-profits. The provisions in S. 3548 exclude non-profits that provide Medicaid-reimbursed services and establishes caps that would exclude many nonprofits. Community-based nonprofits provide essential services to people in their communities, particularly those most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Poligon and over 270 advocacy groups sent a letter urging Congress to focus on people with disabilities, regardless of immigration status, and their needs in legislation in response to the outbreak. People with disabilities are, and will be, particularly at risk as COVID-19 spreads across the country, facing high risk of complications and death if exposed to the outbreak and needing to isolate themselves for protection.