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More talk, no action on next COVID-19 package

On Friday, talks between congressional and administration leaders ended with no resolution. It is unclear if or when talks will resume. As they struggled to agree on a response to the mounting damage from COVID-19, enhanced unemployment benefits for 30 million Americans expired and a moratorium that puts 12 million renters at risk of eviction ended. For 11 weeks after the House passed the HEROES Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wasted time and did nothing. On July 27, he introduced an inadequate, unserious plan. Now, he refuses to join the negotiations.

Officially called the HEALS Act—a cruel irony—McConnell’s proposal does too little, too late about what students, parents, and educators care about most: reopening schools safely and equitably, providing meaningful distance learning, and bridging the gaps in state and local budgets that have already cost educators their jobs. Key provisions of McConnell’s proposal include liability protection, pressuring schools to reopen without regard to safety, and voucher-like schemes that rob public schools and the students most in need of scarce resources. Republicans do not have a unified position and the administration is not on board with much of what McConnell has proposed, further complicating Democratic efforts to agree on a bill.

It is unacceptable that McConnell and the administration do not and will not accept the reality and gravity of the crisis and what is needed to address it. Students, educators and the country will continue to suffer as a result of their dereliction of duty. We will continue making the case for what is needed, but to save lives, stem the economic decline, and begin the healing, the Republican-led Senate and administration need to stop playing games and help craft a bipartisan bill that can pass both chambers of Congress. The road to recovery truly does run through our schools and campuses. We are at a critical point. There is no time to waste. Please call your senators at 866-374-7034

88 responses to “More talk, no action on next COVID-19 package

    1. Please vote for the relief package and help our country. Americans need the help to get back on track as we all deal with this overwhelming crisis. Cut back on some of those needless military expenses like extra fuel, extra bullets and extra training for a few days and I’m sure it will pay for the relief to help 100’s of families pay their rent another month or two and not be homeless.

    2. What is wrong with you people. People are starving and getting evicted. Just imagine you got that cushion yanked from underneath of you. Or your children! Quit playing with peoples lives and past the Heroes Act or better!

    3. People are hurting, through no fault of their own. The Covid virus prevents them from working which in turn prevents them from paying their bills, buying food, paying for rent! PLEASE! Have a heart! In case you are interested, I am 77 years old and thanks to God, I am financially OK, but so many are not! Please pass a bill helping our fellow citizens as well as our states!!

  1. Please provide Americans necessary and reasonable assistance during this pandemic!
    In the spring $1200 was given but didn’t even paid a mortgage so it was basically a slap in the face!
    I had a friend do the math on the billions distributed and he said if you had divided it equally among every American, we would have each received $26,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead you’re still lining corporate pocket books. What is wrong with you people?!?!?!?!

    1. People are hurting, through no fault of their own. The Covid virus prevents them from working which in turn prevents them from paying their bills, buying food, paying for rent! PLEASE! Have a heart! In case you are interested, I am 77 years old and thanks to God, I am financially OK, but so many are not! Please pass a bill helping our fellow citizens as well as our states!!

    1. People are hurting, through no fault of their own. The Covid virus prevents them from working which in turn prevents them from paying their bills, buying food, paying for rent! PLEASE! Have a heart! In case you are interested, I am 77 years old and thanks to God, I am financially OK, but so many are not! Please pass a bill helping our fellow citizens as well as our states!!

  2. This relief bill should provide funds to families that are suffering due to no fault of their own. Many people had jobs that they would love to go back to, but either the business has not reopened or cannot operate at full capacity. Families, especially those with children, do not have a safe affordable place to care for their children now that schools are closed. Schools need to provide remorse learning for now. This means that parents should oversee the educational services provided and be able to contact someone if the learning experience is inadequate.
    Instead of providing money directly to any businesses, money should provide backing enforcement of the wearing of masks in all public places.
    Also, more labs are needed so that reliable test results can be achieved in a much quicker turn around time.

    1. As a former teacher, the people in charge of the schools should be the teachers themselves. You are asking them to put their lives at risk for the convenience of others. My daughter-in-law is now teaching but she has diabetes. It would be a death sentence for her to have to teach in the classroom at this time. She loves her job, but she also has a family. For now, teaching will have to be done online to keep everyone safe!

    1. As a former teacher, the people in charge of the schools should be the teachers themselves. You are asking them to put their lives at risk for the convenience of others. My daughter-in-law is now teaching but she has diabetes. It would be a death sentence for her to have to teach in the classroom at this time. She loves her job, but she also has a family. For now, teaching will have to be done online to keep everyone safe!

  3. Trump’s attack on Social Security via suspension of the 7% employee and the 7.65 % employer payroll tax will HURT EVERYONE. All of us rely on F.D.R’s program and promise to make ends meet in old age. Trump will have this vital program running out of money right away. WHO does he work for? Apparently not us.

    This is an attack on all of us by Trump. RESIST, VOTE HIM OUT!!!

    P.S. Support DL ONLY LEARNING until we can assure the students and teachers will not die of COVID if they attend in person.

  4. The leaders of our nation have never worked in the public schools to understand what is really needed by students and teaching staff. Their callous treatment of public schools makes life difficult for students and teachers…we need money for all types of programs. Programs to feed students and to help facilitate learning. It is wrong for monies to be withheld by Betsy DeVos and our President Trump. They’ve only had a silver spoon in their mouths and do not understand the needs of the American children as it relates to meeting their needs through public education. Trump, Pence, and DeVos need to be removed from office. As well as others life them. They do not put the needs of our children first. They seek to bully and deny American schools and children.

  5. Public Education is at the root of a true democratic nation. Funding for a safe education environment is a necessity. People are struggling to just get by during this pandemic. The senators and representatives who are unwilling to compromise, need to represent their constituents and stop blocking support for everyday working people.

  6. If you want teachers and children to feel safe going back to school, increased funding needs to GO TO THE SCHOOLS! It is 2020, and there are far too many schools without proper air ventilation, no air conditioning, rodent and infestation issues, mold, and a plethora of other conditions that do not make attending school safe PRIOR to Covid. Increased funding needs to go to local public schools!

  7. It is urgent that Congress pass Covid-19 relief package. It is unacceptable that the President does what Congress is supposed to do. It sets a dangerous precedent.

  8. Your job as a public servant is exactly that, to sever the American people, the citizens of this country are expecting you to what your you are paid to do.

  9. Lest we forget: Trump is the Republican Party and the Republican Party is Trump. The lack of interest in the seriousness of the COVID-19 taken by Trump, Moscow Mitch, and his Senate Majority has brought and still bringing harm, health issues, and or death to many good Americans. The only thing Trump/Moscow Mitch and his Senate Majority are accomplishing is highly making Putin very pleased.

    1. It’s time to stop the self absorbed focus on your personal finances Moscow Trump and Moscow Mitch and take the right action for the millions suffering from job and financial loss And/or illness due to the Corona virus. No more money needs to be spend on your special interests or big business.

    2. McConnell should b fired and many of the Congressional
      People in power need to find other jobs bc they sure aren’t doing this one very well! They just don’t care and now they have left us all in limbo financially, medically and schools and parents in a quandary about what to do about sending their kids back to school’. It is not safe and our upcoming election is not safe either! Why does this government keep getting away with this? This country is not what it used to b and it will take years to get back the integrity and esteem it once had! Maybe time to find another place to live!

    3. “It is unacceptable that McConnell and the administration do not and will not accept the reality and gravity of the crisis and what is needed to address it. Students, educators and the country will continue to suffer as a result of their dereliction of duty.”

  10. At what point do we make the average common worker in America more important and meet their needs than those of Corporate America?

    1. The average common worker is on the front line and at greater risk of contracting Covid. Hazard pay for these people should be considered…they are doing the grunt work for corporate America. Making corporate America rich. More pay should be given to these workers.

  11. Education is one of a handful of public services that has continued to educate kids, regardless of adequate funding. That is part of the problem. Never have we said, “we cannot open” and then don’t. We make a lot of noise and at the end of the day, we do what we have always done with little funding. These politicians aren’t worried. They know we will open. They aren’t worried about the rich contributors to their campaigns, because their children likely attend private school.

    1. You have to do what is right for all of us, acknowledging that most of you send your kids to elite private schools. Our educational system is not prepared for this pandemic. Do what is right for all of us. Spend money on education. Smaller classes. Higher pay for teachers. Less pay to administrators. Make it safe and make education worth the future.

      1. Educators are supposed to be educating. We are not responsible for fixing all of the problems that are now being exacerbated by this pandemic. If this country had universal healthcare, a living wage for workers, paid family leave, and basic social justice on so many fronts, then we would be united in fighting this pandemic instead of fighting over crumbs that the wealthy let fall from their tables.

    2. Public schools need monetary support to meet the educational and basic needs of their students. Teachers need programs to reach students should we go to relearning. The expense of education needs to be a responsibility of the federal government, and not just a local and state problem to fix. Our children are our most important resource and deserve the best experiences education can offer, and this includes meeting their basic needs as well.

    3. I agree with your statement. The politicians are trying to destroy public education because it’s Socialist. Capitalism is trying to take over by privatization of public institutions and elimination of social programs. We’re not living in a democracy, it’s a plutocracy.

    1. Funding for our schools is way too important. We have hungry children that depend on the school to provide food during the weekdays AND weekends by having snack packs for weekend usage. A hungry child does not worry about school. The child worries where their next meal is coming from. When the child is fed and taken care of they then can learn and excel. Money needs to be given to our schools from the state and federal governments. Local levels struggle to take care of the needs for all their students, but do the best we can. It is not enough. We should as a nation do better for our kids. They are our precious resource and our future.

  12. Moscow Mitch McConnell and the right wing tRumplicans need to figure out once and for all that they work for the people of America, not the other way around.

  13. The main actions required are those of removal: remove blatant bigot toxic tyrant Trump and all his trash including DeVoss, Mnuchin, Carson, Pompeo, Pence — we have in the White House the worst North American leader since George III, worse than Crazy Horse, Cochise, Geronimo and even crazy John Brown was better than Trump — Moscow Mitch is doing Putin’s bidding, too — major problem, isn’t it — those Russian oligarch agent traitors?

    1. Removal of these people are essential to the rebuilding of our country to the safety and proper funding for our school

    2. Wow. Thanks for your racist comments about Idigenous leaders you CLEARLY know nothing about. Try some research before you emabarass yourself any further. As we suffer under the attempted dictatorship of 45, the USA would be lucky to have such leaders who actually cared deeply for the protection and preservation of ALL their people

    3. The leaders of our nation have never worked in the public schools to understand what is really needed by students and teaching staff. Their callous treatment of public schools makes life difficult for students and teachers…we need money for all types of programs. Programs to feed students and to help facilitate learning. It is wrong for monies to be withheld by Betsy DeVos and our President Trump. They’ve only had a silver spoon in their mouths and do not understand the needs of the American children as it relates to meeting their needs through public education. Trump, Pence, and DeVos need to be removed from office. As well as others life them. They do not put the needs of our children first. They seek to bully and deny American schools and children.

  14. It is extremely important that Congress passes a fair stimulus agreement ASAP. Every day that passes by, more and more people are getting infected with COVID-19. More and more people are dying from COVID-19. More and more people are losing their jobs. More and more people are being evicted from their dwellings. The payroll tax holiday (cut) is a big mistake. If Congress passes the payroll tax holiday, that means that Social Security and Medicare would be in jeopardy. We may not receive the adequate retirement income that one would need in order to retire comfortably. Individuals already on Social Security cannot afford to have their income and federal health insurance (Medicare) cut. That would result in larger out of pocket expenses for those already in retirement and on a fixed income. The message to Congress is simple and to the point: Please work as hard as possible at this very moment, put your differences aside and think about what the American people really need at this time in order to survive. Agree and pass a fair and appropriate stimulus package NOW. Many thanks for all of your hard work and support.

  15. We need the same kind of help that was passed in the first cares act plus help for the public schools and states to enable them to keep needed services. We need leaders that act like they care about the people they represent. This new bill should extend through
    January 2021.

    1. We need to have citizens stand up and act as one. Put the politics aside and work together for America before it is too late. It has been done before and can be done again.

  16. The house and Senate need to get off their egocentric talking points and serve the people they are representing. Compromise, pass legislation needed by people and remove any special interest items weaseled in to the legislation.

  17. We need a second round of funds for the good of the people, our children and our country. Get it done! That’s your job

  18. There’s still time enough for voters to blame both sides for this collective stupidity. Republicans always manage to find Plenty of money for people who don’t need it, and none for people who desperately need it. Democrats always trust Republicans to come to their senses and do the right thing. Neither of them are good for much of anything.

  19. It is utterly disgraceful that politics seem to prevail over common sense where public education is concerned. Clearly it is time for the congress and any intelligent senators to tell their colleagues that every in The Us loses without education funding

  20. Let’s step up and take care of our children, our schools, and their teachers. Schools should not reopen until there is a vaccine, there is too much risk of exposure to them, their families, and their teachers. Fund schools adequately to keep remote learning by their actual teachers going until they can safely return.

  21. It is unacceptable that McConnell and the administration do not and will not accept the reality and gravity of the crisis and what is needed to address it. Students, educators and the country will continue to suffer as a result of their dereliction of duty. We will continue making the case for what is needed, but to save lives, stem the economic decline, and begin the healing, the Republican-led Senate and administration need to stop playing games and help craft a bipartisan bill that can pass both chambers of Congress. The road to recovery truly does run through our schools and campuses. We are at a critical point. There is no time to waste.

  22. We need a second round of relief for the good of the people and our country
    Get in the room together and get it done
    That’s your job

    1. I e been an educator for 26 years in the public schools; I’ve been married 32 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids in Omaha, Nebraska where we cannot count on our government to keep us safe with a mask mandate; our families are suffering; can you help us? I graduated college and I pay my taxes; will you help alleviate some of our pain and suffering? My students’ families are depending on your help…..,,,

    2. What is wrong with McConnell? He and this Administration constantly turn deaf ears to our country and its’ ills.

    3. This adolescent game playing at taxpayer’s expense needs to stop. This isn’t play acting. People are suffering. 30 million people are out of work and you quibble whether you should give them $200.00 or $400.00 or $600.00 all the while mis-managing millions given to organizations who don’t deserve it. People will be losing their homes in the next few weeks. They have no assistance. People want their kids back in school SAFELY and there are no resources to accomplish that. Shame on you. I’m 70 years old and have always felt that, despite hiccups, our system is designed to listen to and assist the people of this country. That’s not true. Your behavior over the past 20 years demonstrates you don’t have the people’s best interest at heart. Prove me wrong. Get off your behinds and put aside your differences and develop a plan that will help citizens through this pandemic and depression. Take a look around. How can you be blind to the suffering. Do something to benefit the people. Thank you.

    1. The People ( back bone of our Country ) need a second stimulus NOW – you in your Armani suits have no idea of their stress load for survival of families – get the job done think past yourselves

    2. I e been an educator for 26 years in the public schools; I’ve been married 32 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids in Omaha, Nebraska where we cannot count on our government to keep us safe with a mask mandate; our families are suffering; can you help us? I graduated college and I pay my taxes; will you help alleviate some of our pain and suffering? My students’ families are depending on your help…..,,,

  23. we want no less than the HEROES’ ACT, already passed by the house in may. extend the PUA, provide food assistance, expand testing and tracing.

    secure our elections, secure our families, secure our states & towns, secure what’s left of the economy.

    senate majority leader balks at extended unemployment, effectively destroying the people of kenutcky, and the whole united states.

  24. Let’s get this country moving again! Too much pork in the last one. People on unemployment made more than those going to work every day. Even if it takes working two or three jobs to support your own family. That is what I’ve had to do! Accountability and responsibility, pass it on!

    1. I e been an educator for 26 years in the public schools; I’ve been married 32 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids in Omaha, Nebraska where we cannot count on our government to keep us safe with a mask mandate; our families are suffering; can you help us? I graduated college and I pay my taxes; will you help alleviate some of our pain and suffering? My students’ families are depending on your help…..,,,

  25. The House of representatives. and the senate, are elected representatives, elected by the people, not some group of people who bow down to the whims of a president, who has his own interests served rather than the needs of the people.

    Put things into prospective, or the voters who are being ignored, will fix it.

    1. I’ve been an educator for 26 years in the public schools; I’ve been married 32 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids in Omaha, Nebraska where we cannot count on our government to keep us safe with a mask mandate; our families are suffering; can you help us? I graduated college and I pay my taxes; will you help alleviate some of our pain and suffering? My students’ families are depending on your help…..,,,

  26. Republicans need to be removed so vote and get others to vote as well. 12 years of total inaction other than helping the rich get richer.

    1. I’ve been an educator for 26 years in the public schools; I’ve been married 32 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids in Omaha, Nebraska where we cannot count on our government to keep us safe with a mask mandate; our families are suffering; can you help us? I graduated college and I pay my taxes; will you help alleviate some of our pain and suffering? My students’ families are depending on your help…..,,,

  27. Make all those 1% rich mother f’ers pay back all the $ they have extorted and stole from the American people and stop robbing the POOR AND SICK!!!

    1. I’ve been an educator for 26 years in the public schools; I’ve been married 32 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids in Omaha, Nebraska where we cannot count on our government to keep us safe with a mask mandate; our families are suffering; can you help us? I graduated college and I pay my taxes; will you help alleviate some of our pain and suffering? My students’ families are depending on your help…..,,,

  28. Compassion has always been an American value. At least, it used to be one. Today, as never in our lives, we must recall that America is at her best when we regard ourselves as members of a community. We must not forget that such a community can only be maintained when we take responsibility for our own behavior and when we assume responsibility for the well-being of our neighbors, whether they are next door or in another state, whether they are rural or urban, whether they are young or old. America can still be America, but in this crisis, personal responsibility must take the place of misguided notions of personal freedom. We need governmental action to implement what is both good and necessary for our nation.

    1. Let’s get this Country moving again! Too much pork in the last one! People on unemployment made more than those going to work every day. Even if it takes working multiple jobs to support your family, do so! Self-reliance, accountability and responsibility build character!

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