Week of August 9, 2020

1) Attend Congressman Malinowski’s Round-Table on Schools Reopening: Congressman Malinowski is hosting a virtual Back-to-School Roundtable discussion this Thursday from 6-7:30 pm. Please attend if you are able, and share the RSVP link with any NJ-7 residents who may be interested: https://www.mobilize.us/malinowskiforcongress/event/295470/. Also, be sure to sign up for his e-newsletter here: https://malinowski.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe. One of the most powerful things we can do is to continue to be informed!

2) Support Biden and his soon-to-be-named VP: Some media are reporting that Joe Biden has chosen his running mate. Regardless of whether he has or not, an announcement should be coming soon, perhaps this week. Remember that our best way to oppose Trump at this point is to ensure that he loses in November. That means supporting Biden and his VP choice. Look for ways to support the campaign here: https://joebiden.com/.

3) COVID Relief: The President believes that he can sign COVID-related executive orders that offer half-measures mixed with poison pills like undermining Medicare and Social Security: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/08/trump-executive-order-coronavirus/. Continue to call all three of our Members of Congress to demand a real bill that offers economic support for workers who have been struggling because of COVID shutdowns and shores up the USPS in time for the November election. The House passed such a bill many weeks ago now. The onus is on the Senate now to find something close enough for negotiations to be fruitful. The NY Times also has an excellent editorial about how we move forward from here to defeat COVID: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-response-testing-lockdown.html. Those ideas should be taken up by Congress, too.

Quote of the week: “Between the coronavirus and the economic crisis, this is a tough time for our country, I know. But I firmly believe that our best days still lie ahead. Together, we will climb out of these crises and emerge stronger than before.” – Joe Biden, https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1292207707894685696