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Congress contemplates fourth coronavirus package

The coronavirus legislation enacted thus far is a good start, but doesn’t do nearly enough for students and educators—especially in light of school closures, the switch to online instruction, and the intense strain on state budgets we know is coming. Now is the time to begin pushing for more funding where we know it is needed: the Education Stabilization Fund to help fill state budget gaps and prevent educator layoffs, closing the “homework gap” experienced by students who don’t have internet devices or access at home, and expanding student loan forgiveness.

All Americans need paid sick leave not just when they are sick, but when they need to care for incapacitated family members. With state budget shortfalls looming ever larger, the federal government needs to pay a bigger share of Medicaid costs to stave off cuts in education and other essential public services. The federal government also needs to protect voting rights—the money provided thus far is not nearly enough to ensure every citizen actually has the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot or other means in November’s nationwide elections.


Email your members of Congress and tell them to do more to address the coronavirus crisis.

20 responses to “Congress contemplates fourth coronavirus package

  1. Our elected officials need to do what they were hired to do, lead. Lead us by representing us by obtaining funds for our state. We need an increase in medical and safety supplies, infrastructure improvements-free technology for schools and healthcare facilities, and financial resources to individuals and families immediately.

    This medical pandemic has been devastating to our public schools.
    Please focus on the entity which provides resources to ALL students regardless of zip code or personal wealth. Support students and staff. Provide immediate and additional funding for our district public schools.

    Congressional leaders, please stay connected with us with factual information and end promoting party over the people. No more name calling ” liberal hack” focus on the needs of those that elected you, or placed you in the position. It is so unfortunate that the people of the United States do not trust their government, as the Commander in Chief has little regard for honesty and the care of ALL citizens. He has lied to us all from day continues to be concerned about his own popularity and personal gain, over the value of unifying our nation.

    1. Elected officials, Please stop voting straight Party line, I am ashamed to admit that my Republican officials have sided with the President on every issue. Please use your morals and values from now on, we can not deal with this epidemic on a hunch. The President must listen to experts in the field. Dictators have never been our friends.
      Thank you
      Retired Military Intelligence Analyst

      John B. Sutton

  2. Please approve aid packages in the form of Federal grants that will help individuals and communities during this time of crisis.

  3. The article states, “With state budget shortfalls looming ever larger…” If California was not spending $80.3B on a waste of time alleged “high-speed rail” and $30.3B/year (17.7 percent of CA’s state budget!) on ILLEGAL immigrants the state would have more funds to support its citizens!! And these are just TWO points of the leftist digressive agenda that is bankrupting the state. The Federal government should not bail out states that are foolish and stupid with the tax monies they confiscate from citizens!!!!

    NEA needs to get their FACTS straight and stop trying to manipulate by using fear-mongering, lying, propaganda, misinformation and disinformation!!!

    1. Immigrants are an important part of our social make-up. They contribute by way of hard labor that no American will do, and they contribute financially. Did you that they PAY TAXES, including Social Security of which they will never receive a cent?
      Think before you blame the victim. Maybe your state is spending money on other things that could be trimmed.
      My family came to this country before it was even a country. There really was no legal or illegal. They fought in the Revolution to create a nation with arms open to all and a chance at a better life!

  4. These next few weeks will challenge the mettle & resolve of all of us. The elected officials need to step up. Are our elected officials even slightly concerned with the “well being of the public they have been elected to represent or will they continue to be feckless, selfish, rhymes with with witches, who would see to their re-election needs over providing public assistance for people who they are elected to assist. I can’t even possibly imagine dealing with the damage to my home/property due to an EF3 or a flood during this global pandemic. Congress and every elected official needs to step it up drop their me, myself, my family and my constituents posture and do what they’ve been elected to do support the people.

    1. Congress and every elected official needs to step it up drop their me, myself, my family and my constituents posture and do what they’ve been elected to do support the people.

  5. In this day and age we need to create millions of jobs and training for these jobs in the healthcare field and the green new deal.

  6. What stimulus packages are being considered for both schools, educators, and the individual local communities that may see a decrease personal costs?

    1. What about aid for college students.? They have lost jobs, have bills & rent to pay but have totally been overlooked in the stimulus money. This, in turn, puts more pressure on families. Or, in many instances, the student doesn’t have a family they can fall back on. These kids are already struggling with school changes & social distancing and now they also have to worry about financial issues too.

    2. Education as a total package must be included in the fourth package. I am sure each state has found what they need to help their individual communities during this crisis of turmoil. Our governors and State Departments need to inform our legislators so they can appropriate the correct funding for our programs to step forward to meet any crisis that may follow. We all need to be one step ahead when it comes to educating our future children, parents and communities. Contact your legislators now and give them an earful as to what’s going on in your individual districts and what should happen going forward for all involved.

      1. Education as a total package must be included in the fourth package. I am sure each state has found what they need to help their individual communities during this crisis of turmoil. Our governors and State Departments need to inform our legislators so they can appropriate the correct funding for our programs to step forward to meet any crisis that may follow. We all need to be one step ahead when it comes to educating our future children, parents and communities. Contact your legislators now and give them an earful as to what’s going on in your individual districts and what should happen going forward for all involved.

  7. We need better for public school education, to push for better pay for all educators and more resources for our public schools. Do better United Stated and especially the state Florida. Get it together the senator who is representing Florida in a terrible way for sure.

  8. Can you please do more to address the coronavirus. We are anxious to get back to our students. We need your help

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