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Act Today for COVID-19 Benefits

September 30, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

"The current pandemic has highlighted our interdependence: we are all connected to each other, for better or for worse. Therefore, to emerge from this crisis better than before, we have to do so together; together, not alone. . . We must do it together, all of us, in solidarity." 
- Pope Francis General Audience, September 2, 2020 

From the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Congress is set to leave town soon and they still have not provided relief to those who are suffering from the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the economy. Families cannot wait any longer. Failure to act would leave millions of people struggling to pay rent, buy food, afford healthcare, maintain employment, and meet their basic human needs.
 
As followers of Christ, we are called to create a society where the needs of the poor and vulnerable are always considered first. Tell your Members of Congress it is time to put aside partisan politics and come to an agreement that supports those who are poor and vulnerable during this pandemic by:

  • Providing resources to meet the needs of those who are homeless and those struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
  • Increasing SNAP benefit amounts.
  • Enacting policies that encourage and support employers to retain and rehire workers and considering additional stimulus payments.
  • Ensuring affordable healthcare access for everyone during this health crisis, but especially for the poor, uninsured, unemployed, and vulnerable populations including immigrants and refugees - without providing federal funding for abortion coverage.
  • Safeguarding those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 in our criminal justice system and increasing medical resources to care for those who do become ill while incarcerated.
  • Providing relief to all schools, including a ten percent reserve of K12 funding to provide tuition scholarships for families whose children attend nonpublic schools. Within the relief set aside for families that send their children to nonpublic schools, Congress should give special consideration to those families with greatest need.

We encourage you to add your own personal story about the pressing need for COVID-19 relief.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), recently signed a joint letter with Catholic leaders calling our lawmakers to action.
Read it Now 

Learn more about the USCCB’s most recent call to action and the specific requests for policies that protect those who are poor and vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

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