In the wake of Sunday night’s agreement on a roughly $900 billion Covid-19 relief package that is far smaller than economists say is necessary, progressives argued that the “slap-in-the-face” bill must be passed to help stem the suffering of working-class Americans but that much more will be needed to address the crisis that has claimed more than 300,000 lives and 20 million jobs in the United States so far.
“To say this relief package is a day late and a dollar short is an understatement to say the least,” said People’s Action director George Goehl in a statement released Sunday night.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his fellow congressional Republicans “prioritized the profits of the 1% over the well-being of everyone else since this pandemic began,” Goehl said. “The result is a diluted bill that’s barely a Band-Aid, but definitely a slap in the face for people suffering across the country.”
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