To: Representatives Jim Hagedorn, Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCollum, Ilhan Omar, Tom Emmer, Collin Peterson, Pete Stauber, and Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar
From: [Your Name]
In the spring, as the coronavirus began to spread, Congress passed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, which provided critical assistance for working people, families, and businesses.
Current funding provided to state and local governments must be used by December 30, leaving Minnesota without federal resources to combat increasing numbers of infections, unemployment, and human services needs that will continue after the funds from the CARES Act expire.
More federal funding for all of these priorities is badly needed. And needed soon.
The U.S. House of Representatives has taken important steps toward providing much needed relief to states by passing the Heroes Act. But Senator Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the U.S. Senate have blocked the Heroes Act and continue to stall negotiations on a new stimulus package.
Time is running out.
That’s why we’re urging you to take quick, collective action on an additional COVID relief package. And we need renewed commitment to maintaining a strong Unemployment Insurance safety net and protections for small businesses. The livelihoods of thousands of working families and businesses depend on it.