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.
Poligon and members of the Faithful Democracy are calling for at least $2 billion with upwards of $4 billion in the next response package for the Election Assistance Commission to support states and localities in the following: No-excuse absentee voting with prepaid postage (ballots mailed to all registered voters during an emergency). Extended Voter Registration Period with at least 15 days of early voting.
Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter to Congress in support of nondiscrimination language in all COVID-19 policy. The letter called on Congress to include - All COVID-19 response legislation must include language prohibiting discrimination by recipients of federal funds on any basis other than need or eligibility, such as (but not limited to) age, disability, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), race, color, national origin, or religion.
Poligon and over 111 advocacy groups sent a letter to Members of Congress sharing our economic security priorities for future COVID-19 legislation.
Our key principles and specific policy proposals, detailed in the attached letter, fall into the following areas:
Letter: Urging Congress to denounce the racism against the Asian American Community & Support H. Res 908
Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter calling on Congress to denounce the continued increase in racist attacks and discrimination against the Asian American community. And to support the bill H.Res 908 which calls on public officials to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, etc related to COVID-19.
Poligon endorsed Representative Ilhan Omar's bill, the SNAP Online Purchasing Flexibility Act. The bill aims to require the Secretary of Agriculture to allow all states that meet the necessary requirements to participate in the online purchasing program by allowing approved retail food stores to accept online transactions of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The bill would allow USDA to expand it's existing SNAP online purchasing pilot program from 8 states to all states.
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