As Congress debates the terms of an economic stimulus package in Washington D.C., former public middle school principal and Congressional candidate in NY-16, Jamaal Bowman, is calling on Democratic leadership to dig down and advocate for provisions that will protect the working class people who will be the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Jamaal is specifically calling for four policies to be included in the economic stimulus package:
1. Cover 80% of existing salaries & wages for businesses that don’t lay off employees
2. A moratorium on evictions and mortgage, rent, and debt payments
3. No blank checks for large corporations
4. Massive increase in investment for COVID-19 testing across the country
“Democrats in Congress have a moral obligation to do everything in their power to make sure these $2 trillion worth of resources are going to the working people of this country, not corporations,” said Jamaal Bowman. “Democrats must fight tooth and nail to include these provisions that will allow working people to get through this crisis without their lives collapsing. We all know that Republicans want to bail out industries and billionaires, and we need Democrats to do the exact opposite and advocate for families who are at home worried about how they are going to put food on the table this week, and pay their rent or mortgage on the 1st of the month.
“This is a global and national emergency. Families who are doing the right thing by sheltering in place to protect their country and their neighbors should not have to worry about the stress of childcare, food, and bills at a time like this. With unemployment predicted to rise to as high as 20 or 30 percent, providing resources and protections to those who need them is exactly what our government should be doing. Any coronavirus economic stimulus package that does not guarantee essentials to working families, and protect them from predatory collection practices, is objectively cruel and an utter moral failure.”
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