Vital assistance for workers, renters, and small businesses have expired and several of COVID-19 relief measures are set to expire on December 31st. Congress must act now and pass an additional COVID-19 relief package. Click here to urge your Senate to provide relief to impacted communities.
House voted to pass an updated version of The Heroes Act. The bill was approved by a tally of 214 to 204. Every House Republican voted no, saying 2.2 trillion is too much to spend and the funding targeted programs unrelated to the coronavirus crisis. The $2.2 trillion legislation includes:
It also includes a key provision backed by President Trump and GOP allies:
Currently, the Republicans in the Senate and White House both oppose the bill and want a proposal that is $600 billion less. Negotiations between the House leaders and the White House are still ongoing.
House Democrats released an updated version of The Heroes Act, which reflected negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The $2.2 trillion legislation includes:
The updated HEROES Act also includes a key provision backed by President Trump and GOP allies:
A possible vote on the legislation this Wednesday or Thursday, before the House leaves for October congressional recess.
LETTER: Urging Congress to Pass a Robust COVID Relief Bill Providing Critical Assistance to Families
Poligon's President, Wardah Khalid, and other faith leaders part of the Washington Interfaith Staff Community sent a letter calling for the passage of a robust COVID relief bill that provides aid for those most in need. As we approach the sobering loss of 200,000 lives in America with no end of the pandemic in sight, the vulnerable struggle under the weight of the health pandemic and crushing economic stagnation. Congress must pass a robust COVID relief bill providing critical assistance to families and communities.
Over the weekend, the U.S. surpassed 200,000 deaths from Coronavirus. This is the highest death toll in the world. And unfortunately, projections show things will get worse before they get better.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sheds light on our broken system, our community must have a voice in all levels of government to protect our rights and advocate for policy changes on issues that impact us, including healthcare. However, Muslims are currently the least likely faith group to engage with their elected officials. Our team at Poligon has released a new video on the Coronavirus pandemic and why it is so critical for American Muslims to engage in the policymaking process.
Forward this email to 5 family members or friends so they can watch the video too. Together, we can empower American Muslims to make their voices heard on all of these interconnected issues by engaging with their elected officials and voting in the critical upcoming elections.
NEWS: Senate Majority Leader McConnell Announces the Senate Will Vote on Targeted COVID-19 Relief Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will vote on a targeted COVID-19 Relief Bill as soon as this week. The bill includes:
Several weeks have now passed since many relief programs from the CARES Act expired and millions of Americans continue to struggle amidst the pandemic. This bill does not include funding for state and local government, second stimulus check, SNAP benefit increase, and much more.
Poligon and more than 50 below organizations sent a letter to House Representatives to vote “yes” for the bipartisan Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015) when it is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives tomorrow.
This Unheard Voices COVID Chapter is a helpful resource for the faith community to navigate the changing landscape and emerging challenges for voters this election season. The challenges for the 2020 election are unprecedented in scale and complexity.
This resource is meant to help voters: 1) Navigate the system, understanding what options are available for their circumstances, and 2) Find points of engagement to contribute to a successful election and influence decision-makers. Click here to view the toolkit.
The Senate is in recess until September 7th. The Senate must immediately pass the COVID-19 relief package and ensure families are protected amidst this pandemic. We need your voice: tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19 by ensuring these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package: ensure access to food, ensure immigrant-inclusion, ensure safe voting access. Click here to send your Senator a letter!
Letter: Urging the Senate to Include extending Deadlines for the Census in Next COVID Relief Package
Poligon and other organizations sent a letter to the Senate leaders urging them to include imperative language in the next Senate COVID relief package that would extend the statutory reporting deadlines for the 2020 Census by four months.