Associations Join Forces To Plead for More COVID Financial Relief

Jerry Ashworth
October 8, 2020 at 08:43:31 ET
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As the nation continues to struggle financially under the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t appear that any stimulus relief is coming any time soon from the White House and Congress. Although the CARES Act issued this spring offered some temporary relief, much more is needed. The growing frustration is spurring many organizations to join forces to emphasize the great need that American communities face as they plead for federal assistance.

Such is the case for COVID RELIEF NOW, a new coalition of about 200 major public and private sector entities and associations nationwide, that is demanding that Congress not leave for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID economic relief, noting that millions of jobs and the survival of small businesses, as well as government services, are dependent on extra funding during these hard times. Without extra stimulus funding, employees will be furloughed or terminated, millions of unemployed workers will lose their unemployment insurance pandemic benefits, and many state and local governments will be forced to curtail critical services to balance budgets due to declining tax revenues.

“We are writing to implore you to reach a bipartisan deal on legislation to prevent catastrophic economic harm that would result if Congress does not pass additional emergency relief before adjourning for the election,” the groups wrote in a recent letter to Congress. “This is a pivotal moment. Congress needs to rise to the occasion and cast partisanship aside to provide a lifeline to get through this pandemic. Congress’ failure to act now will result in negative economic ramifications that will reverberate for decades.”

Among the key groups participating in COVID RELIEF NOW include the National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, Airlines for America, Community Leaders of America, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and the Small Business Council of America.

One would hope that clearer minds would prevail during this crisis, but we fear that politics as usual will win out, and nothing will get done any time soon.

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