Dear Senator McConnell,
Today marks Day 78 since the House passed the Heroes Act in response to the dual health and economic crises presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
As you know, H.R. 6800 calls for the extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, additional cash payments, hazard pay for essential workers, relief for renters and homeowners, expanded food assistance, and increased aid to disabled veterans. All these provisions would help shield Americans from financial ruin as the result of a global catastrophe.
On May 15, 2020 — the day the Heroes Act was passed — the U.S. Census Bureau reported a record-breaking 16.4% drop in retail sales from the previous month. Unemployment stood at 14.7% as jobless claims topped 36 million over two months. The Federal Reserve published a survey showing that 40% of households making less than $40,000 per year suffered a job loss. …