The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on our small businesses, workers and struggling families who are just trying to survive each and every day. No family should have to choose between their next meal and a roof over their heads, which is why Congresswoman Newman is fighting to ensure the federal government provides families with the lifeline they need to survive. That means passing additional relief packages that include $2,000 direct payment checks for individuals, immediate relief for small businesses, and financial support for Illinois and our counties and municipalities. Additionally, she has been clear that the federal government must develop a plan to rapidly and equitably distribute a free vaccine to those disproportionately impacted by the virus.
We must also recognize that the progress made in the fight against this pandemic would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of our scientists, health care workers and volunteers on the frontlines of this crisis. This nation is forever in their debt. Congresswoman Newman is working to ensure that any federal relief package also includes critical support to provide frontline workers with the protections they need to stay safe and ensure hospitals are able to meet capacity as cases surge. Lastly, we must all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, watching our distance, washing our hands and avoiding crowded places.
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