Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released this statement following a CPC-wide meeting on the urgent need for including enhanced unemployment insurance and direct cash payments in a COVID relief package before the end of the year:

“Faced with the twin crises of an escalating pandemic and a spiraling economy, families across the nation are screaming for help. The thing our constituents are asking us the most is: Will this package put money in our pockets? Will it help keep me in my home? Will I be able to feed my kids? Congress must respond at the scale necessary and ensure that we get direct relief to people across our country. That is why the Progressive Caucus is united in our position: any package must include direct survival checks and enhanced unemployment assistance, the two most effective ways to get money directly to people.

“We have been working directly with Speaker Pelosi on this priority, and we’re committed to working with members of both parties to ensure that the people are prioritized in this stimulus package.”