Washington, D.C. — In response to the passage of the latest coronavirus relief bill out of the House of Representatives today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Legislative Director Matthew Davis:
“While this package includes important targeted relief for small businesses and overdue funding for hospitals and testing, the bill falls short of providing sufficient immediate relief for the low-wealth communities and communities of color hit hardest by COVID-19, excludes undocumented people from testing and care, does nothing for people facing a lack of clean water in their homes, and leaves safe and secure voting in jeopardy. We commend Democrats for pushing Republicans for a more inclusive and comprehensive package and winning some concessions, despite this result.
“Moving forward it remains vital for Congress to prioritize at risk communities and not exacerbate the ongoing climate and environmental injustice crises with a handout to oil and gas CEOs or other polluters. In addition to much more funding for immediate relief and support for states who are on the front lines of keeping people safe, at the very least the next package must include a moratorium on water and utility shut offs, and provide the necessary funding for safe and secure 2020 elections.”
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