Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released this statement following a CPC-wide meeting yesterday with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer:
“We want to thank Senator Schumer for joining us yesterday to discuss our shared priorities on the next coronavirus package. Like Senator Schumer, we believe it’s essential to protect the $600/week expanded unemployment, extend the eviction moratorium and other housing protections, provide robust funding for states and municipalities, and ensure that families have the support they need to stay afloat during this unprecedented crisis. We’re also supportive of Senate Democrats’ efforts to invest billions in childcare and the safe reopening of schools, and redirect funding from corporate slush funds to low-income communities and communities of color which have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s essential that Congress take a comprehensive approach to the pandemic in this next bill – we agree with Senator Schumer that a piecemeal approach is insufficient to meet the scale of this crisis.
“The American people shouldn’t have to bear the consequences of Republican dysfunction, cruelty, and greed. We’re grateful to Senator Schumer for joining us yesterday and look forward to working together to pass a strong package that benefits the everyday families – not billionaires and corporate donors – who need relief in this pandemic.”