Congresswoman Pressley’s Statement on Senate GOP HEALS Act

July 28, 2020
Press Release
“People need real relief now, but the Occupant of the White House and Republicans in Congress continue to play games with people’s lives... It is shameful, it is callous, and it is reckless.”

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) released the following statement on the HEALS Act unveiled by Senate Republicans earlier this week:

“In the Massachusetts 7th and around the country, workers and families are hurting due to the dual public health and economic crises caused by COVID-19. This past weekend, the last unemployment checks went out and the limited eviction moratorium expired. Next weekend, the rent will be due and 30 percent of Americans have little to no confidence they will make it. People need real relief now, but the Occupant of the White House and Republicans in Congress continue to play games with people’s lives as they work to cut unemployment benefits and force students and teachers back to school before it’s safe to do so. It is shameful, it is callous, and it is reckless. 

“Our response must match the scale, scope, and urgency of the hurt so many are experiencing—that means extending unemployment benefits, providing a second stimulus payment and expanding eligibility to our immigrant neighbors, and extending the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for the duration of this crisis. I’ll continue fighting to ensure that working people in my district and across America get the relief they need and deserve in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.”

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