Week of August 2, 2020

1) Coronavirus Relief Bill: The House and Senate remain far apart on that would renew unemployment benefits that expired last week. Call our two Senators and ask them to forcefully fight for a Senate bill that mirrors the House bill, or for the Senate to simply negotiate the House bill without writing a separate Senate option. Among other differences, the House bill includes a significant amount of economic relief for state and local governments, and for the US Postal Service. There are huge numbers of jobs associated with that relief, from police to teachers to mail carriers. You can read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/08/02/unemployment-benefits-bailout-negotiations-congress/.

2) US Census: President Trump has not stopped his efforts to undermine the 2020 Census, continuing to insist that non-citizens be excluded and now shortening the data-collection period to the end of September, despite calls from the Census Bureau for an extension due to coronavirus. Call all three of our Members of Congress to insist on that extension to ensure as accurate a Census as possible. In the House coronavirus bill, the deadline is extended to the end of October. Thank Congressman Malinowski and ask Senators Booker and Menendez to ensure that the Senate bill do likewise. You can read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-push-to-spoil-the-census–and-make-democrats-disappear/2020/08/02/5005b7da-d367-11ea-8d32-1ebf4e9d8e0d_story.html.

3) Biden’s Policies: You wouldn’t know it from the minimal coverage he’s received, but Joe Biden has put together extensive policy positions in recent weeks. Keep amplifying those efforts, because media outlets are still too infatuated with President Trump. Here’s a good article about Biden’s plan for more support for family care: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/opinion/biden-child-care.html.

4) Biden’s VP: Soon, Joe Biden will choose his running mate. No matter who you favor, this week, vow to support all of the possible candidates and to vote for the ticket no matter who is chosen!

Quote of the week: “Kean’s strategy, as I understand it, is to close his eyes really tight, plug his ears, and hope the shadow passes. It’s from the same playbook that a deer uses when confronted with a headlight.” – Tom Moran, endorsing Congressman Malinowski for re-election, https://www.nj.com/opinion/2020/08/why-tom-kean-jr-deserves-to-lose-his-campaign-for-congress-moran.html