September 10, 2020

GOP ‘Skinny Bill’ Rightly Fails, Too Skimpy for This Crisis 

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Following is a statement from Amy Hanauer, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, regarding the Senate vote today on the “Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Business Act,” commonly known as the Republican “skinny bill.”

Nearly one in eight households don’t have enough to eat. Millions are at risk of eviction. State and local governments are facing revenue shortfalls of well more than $500 billion, leading to inevitable layoffs and cuts to critical services. Knowing that, the Republican Senate put forth a so-called skinny COVID relief package that failed to address these concerns. Too skimpy for this crisis, the bill failed as it should have. The HEROES Act, passed in the House four months ago, provides a blueprint to meet this alarming moment. If Senate Republicans are truly concerned about the health and well-being of millions of struggling Americans, they must present legislation to meet the scale of this crisis. Without it, families, communities and the economy will continue to suffer.”