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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.

Update Court Upholds Nutrition Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic 

A federal court struck down a harmful Trump administration rule that would have eliminated Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 700,000 low-income people.

Update Despite Failure on COVID-19 Relief, Congress Extends Pandemic EBT 

Congressional failure to pass another COVID-19 relief bill puts millions of lives and livelihoods at risk and ensures that we won’t see a robust relief package until after the election. However, a recently passed continuing resolution to keep the government open included one win: an extension of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program.

Update Time for a Supreme Court fight, but not for pandemic relief? 

Last week, President Trump abruptly ended negotiations on another COVID-19 relief package. Since then talks gave been on and off again several times, but the prognosis for a deal does not look good. This is devastating news—especially for the millions of people unable to pay rent, without work, and struggling to feed their families.

Press Release Hunger and Poverty Gains Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic 

Washington, DC – The Census Bureau and Agriculture Department recently released data showing gains were made throughout 2019 in alleviating poverty and hunger in the United States. However, these gains have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With both Houses of Congress about to leave for elections, Congress should urgently pass another COVID-19 relief package before hunger and poverty worsen throughout the country.

Update Top 10 Poorest States in the U.S. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national poverty rate was 10.5% or 34 million Americans in 2019. These states and territories have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Update Top 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.1 percent of American households experienced hunger in 2019. These states have the highest percentages of American households who experienced hunger: Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas.

Press Release Faith Leaders Hold 12-Hour Virtual Prayer Vigil for COVID Relief 

Washington, DC – The Washington Interfaith Staff Community (WISC) and faith leaders from across the United States are holding a virtual 12-hour prayer vigil today to urge Members of Congress to pass a robust COVID relief bill that helps families before leaving Washington, D.C. for the elections. The vigil will be live streamed on the Facebook pages of Friends Committee on National Legislation and Bread for the World.

Update Senate Skinny Bill Leaves Behind Most Vulnerable  

Negotiations for another round of COVID relief have stalled. Members of Congress have just a couple weeks remaining before leaving for the elections. Now is the time to pull out all the stops and press for robust and immediate COVID-19 relief.

Update President Trump’s Executive Orders Fail to Meet the Moment 

President Trump tried to bypass congressional negotiators over the weekend by announcing several executive orders on unemployment insurance, housing, student loans, and payroll tax deferment. Billed as relief for people suffering the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pronouncements failed to address the scope of the crisis and are an inadequate replacement for Congressional action.

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