|Yesterday, coronavirus was declared an international pandemic. Already, there are 129,589 known cases and 4,749 deaths globally.1
Now, it’s even more critical that our government takes action to protect public health. Fortunately, legislation introduced today would provide real help for struggling families. However, Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block this urgent bill.2
|The Sierra Club’s mission is to protect the human and natural environment. Our environment is more than just beautiful landscapes; it is also the world that surrounds us: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities where we live. It’s critical we stand in solidarity through public health emergencies such as the one we are currently facing.
The coronavirus aid package introduced today by Speaker Pelosi would provide critical support for working people and families. The bill would:3
The Trump administration has consistently attacked important safety net programs, including food assistance and Medicaid, and underfunded critical agencies like the Centers for Disease Control. This has crippled the federal government’s ability to keep people safe from the coronavirus.
The spread of this virus has made it disturbingly clear how desperately we need policies that ensure people have access to good, affordable healthcare, healthy food, and sick leave from their jobs.
We can act now to provide healthcare and aid to the millions of American families who are struggling.
Thank you for showing that, even in hard times, we are stronger together.