McConnell's Stimulus Bill Leaves Behind Millions of Struggling Californians
Yesterday, Senate Republicans unveiled a series of proposals that – taken together – fail to meet the needs of millions of Californians who are still reeling from the economic effects of COVID-19. Despite unprecedented unemployment and hardship, the GOP has opted to introduce a plan with:
As it stands, the plan will not meet the needs of an unprecedented number of Californians who are struggling to access enough food. Record layoffs have dramatically decreased the resources many Californians have available to feed themselves and their families. A US Census Bureau survey shows that in late June, compared to pre-COVID measures of food sufficiency, there was a nearly 30% increase among California adults living in households with children where “sometimes” or “often” there was not enough food to eat in the past seven days. The hardship is widespread, but particularly prevalent among Black, Latino, and immigrant households. The American people are looking for solutions, but they won’t find them in the Senate’s proposal as it currently stands.
The series of proposals are an opening bid. As negotiations continue, we urge California’s lawmakers to lift up responsible and real solutions to the hardship our California friends and neighbors are facing. Protecting the health and wellbeing of Californians in the wake of COVID-19 must be a priority. The next recovery package must include: a 15% boost to SNAP benefits, an extension of Pandemic EBT, an extension of WIC waivers, and more signficiant and inclusive fiscal relief for states and low and moderate-income households.