1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice

Congress Must Provide More Help During This Pandemic

By Amelia Kegan, March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to escalate, disrupting lives and fueling anxiety. As Congress responds, we must remind our elected leaders of their responsibility to act swiftly, with care and compassion, as they address the pandemic and its economic repercussions.

The House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) on March 14. This legislation would expand access to treatment, testing, nutrition assistance, unemployment assistance, paid sick and family leave, and Medicaid funding for states. It is a crucial step forward that reflects many—but not all—of FCNL’s top priorities.

The Senate plans to take up the bill this week, and congressional leaders are already beginning work on another coronavirus response package. This next bill must include policies left out of H.R. 6201.

Please contact your members of Congress and tell them you support H.R. 6201. Then, urge them to prioritize the following in the next package:

  • Increase health care funding for states so they can adequately respond. H.R. 6201 included additional Medicaid funding for states, but it wasn’t enough. The federal government should up cover all of states’ Medicaid costs, just as they it did in 2009.
  • Provide targeted rebate checks directed at low- and moderate-income individuals to most effectively boost the economy.
  • Increase homelessness assistance funding to quickly get people into affordable homes.
  • Boost nutrition benefits for people struggling with hunger during this time. An increase was provided in H.R. 6201, but more is needed.

In times like these, our advocacy is more important than ever. Your voice is vital in protecting our most vulnerable communities.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.