COVID-19

Coronavirus
COVID-19
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NEA’s top legislative priorities include “stimulus” checks for households, cancelling federal student loan payments, further expanding unemployment insurance, injecting more money into state budgets to help avoid laying off educators, and closing the “homework gap” by providing devices and Wi-Fi hotspots for students who lack internet access at home.
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The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), signed into law March 6, appropriated $8.3 billion for the public health system, vaccine development, and other needs.
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), signed into law March 18, provides free testing, paid sick and emergency leave (for some), and bolsters unemployment insurance, food initiatives, and federal support for Medicaid. NEA supported this bill, but Congress needs to do much more.
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The coronavirus is a double whammy for retirees, threatening to ruin both their health and finances—especially those whose Social Security benefits are reduced, or totally eliminated, by the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). NEA is urging Congress to include GPO/WEP repeal in the coronavirus legislative package.
For guidance on safety precautions and health resources, see Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know

Bills in Congress

This bill would, among other things, greatly reduce barriers associated with enrolling in public assistance by removing asset limits for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

This bill would, among other things, greatly reduce barriers associated with enrolling in public assistance by removing asset limits for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

A bill to require States to establish contingency plans for the conduct of elections for Federal office in response to national disasters and emergencies, and for other purposes.

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