To the editor:
The new coronavirus bill in Washington seems to ignore that this is a global pandemic requiring a global response as well as a bold U.S. relief package. The House response, the HEROES Act, has no money for global relief. The Senate version that has been proposed by the Republican majority has $3 billion for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and $1 billion for vaccine administration, but neglects the many other international programs, such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; USAID; the WHO; and the World Food Program, to name just a few that need support on a much more robust scale.
It also fails to prevent low-income American renters from falling off the cliff and facing the imminent threat of eviction and homelessness. The House bill provides $100 billion to help low-income renters pay rent. But we also need an eviction moratorium, something we in Massachusetts have seen extended into October.
This week, we are at a critical moment and must, as constituents, see that our legislators act to prevent a medical, humanitarian and economic crisis from continuing to unfold. I urge you to speak out now and ensure a bold and necessary COVID-19 relief package.