Congress Under Pressure to Deliver COVID-19 Relief to Americans

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Americans across the nation are quickly running out of options. As liberal politicians cling to their shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders, businesses, jobs, livelihoods, and people’s finances are suffering severely. Many folks have already run out of savings and are reliant upon relatives or government assistance to remain afloat.

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Last week, the public learned that unemployment benefits are set to run out for Americans on Saturday, December 26. This means that people who are already struggling to pay the mortgage, feed their kids, and otherwise take care of themselves will truly be left in the cold.

The high stakes and tough times have increased the spotlight on Congress and their work to reach an agreement on stimulus for Americans, per Breitbart News.

Growing Pressure for Congress to Act

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, spoke before Congress. McConnell’s speech warned that the time for talk has passed while the time for action is here. He then called to “draft legislation” and pass COVID-19 stimulus relief for the sake of Americans.
Jobs and businesses are very much on the line here; situations are even direr in light of the unemployment benefits set to expire in less than seven days. The GOP Senate Majority Leader pointed out this reality yesterday, stating that all this economic calamity is costing Americans their lives as well as their livelihoods.

Thus far, Republicans and Democrats have struggled to move beyond an impasse on negotiations for COVID-19 relief. The particulars of what to include in stimulus packages remain under heavy debate; meanwhile, everyday Americans are wondering what their situations will look like the day after Christmas.

Will it Make a Difference?

Many Americans can agree that “good-faith discussions” and passing COVID-19 relief are entirely different entities. Whether or not the Senate Majority Leader’s speech from yesterday makes a difference will be determined by Congress.

Republicans and Democrats alike will have to reach agreements on aid for the American people. Time has already proven that the longer Congress waits, the more people suffer. Furthermore, experts informed last week that Congress would have needed to pass more relief prior to Thanksgiving in order to prevent the delay of unemployment benefits beginning on December 26.
As leaders in Washington continue to debate and speak before Congress, lives and livelihoods remain in the balance.
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