1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice

Tell Congress: No Industry Bailout Without Help for Vulnerable Neighbors

By Amelia Kegan, May 1, 2020

Your voice is especially important right now. With 30 million people claiming unemployment over the past six weeks, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn are staggering.

Congress recently passed a fourth COVID-19 relief bill. While all four bills had important provisions, they didn't include nearly enough support for the people in our communities who are experiencing hunger and unemployment. With the Congressional Budget Office projecting unemployment averaging 10 percent throughout 2021, Congress must do more.

It is imperative that Congress pass another COVID-19 relief bill that prioritizes individuals and families struggling in this crisis. Such assistance must continue through the duration of the recession.

I was on the radio the morning of April 29 discussing this very issue. You can click here to listen to my interview with Sirius radio’s POTUS show, broadcast live from coast-to-coast.

FCNL · Amelia Kegan on Sirius Radio April 29th - COVID-19
The House and Senate are planning their return to Washington, and they need to act. Urge your members of Congress to provide needed assistance to our vulnerable neighbors through the duration of this crisis, by:

  • Increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for all SNAP households;
  • Providing aid for states, which will otherwise be forced to lay off teachers and other workers and cut health care, education, and other key services, exacerbating the economic downturn; and
  • Extending expanded unemployment assistance, which is scheduled to expire in July and at the end of the year.

Congressional offices are hearing a lot from industry lobbyists. It’s important they hear from you too. Act now.

Background Responding to the Coronavirus 

The coronavirus pandemic is a generational threat, and its impacts will be felt by all of us. But know this: Our work for peace and justice will go on. Here’s how we will continue our advocacy in the face of COVID-19 and how you can join us.

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.