Posted in Analysis COVID Reboot 2021

Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan: $400 unemployment boost, $1,400 checks, and billions in additional aid

“Congress should immediately move to pass President-elect Biden’s plan,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. “And we can’t stop there.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 With less than a week until he…

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Posted in Biden Administration Government News Politics

With Senate majority reclaimed, progressives demand bold agenda from Biden

‘No More Excuses’ “A working majority in both houses of Congress means that any decision to court Republican votes will be made by choice.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 With President Donald…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Sanders urges Americans to call their senators and demand vote on $2,000 checks

‘A Matter of Life and Death’ “We need $2,000 stimulus checks, not $740,000,000,000 for the Pentagon and private ‘defense’ contractors,” said advocacy group CodePink. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Posted in Evictions News Unemployment

Sanders slams Trump’s intransigence as millions lose unemployment lifeline

‘Unbelievably Cruel’ “People are losing their extended unemployment benefits,” said the senator from Vermont. “They’re going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Sunday, December 27,…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Safety Net Unemployment

‘Yes, exactly,’ say progressives after Pence warns Democrats will ‘make rich poorer and poor more comfortable’

“You have to be all sorts of twisted to think ‘making poor people more comfortable’ is a bad thing.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 The grassroots organization People for Bernie on Tuesday…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Wade Rathke

Christmas Comes to Congress

by Wade Rathke December 22, 2020 Pearl River    Ahhh…it’s the end of the year when sugarplums are dancing in dreams of Congressional representatives in both houses and on all sides of the aisle. It may…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Congress passes Covid relief bill: billions in gifts for the wealthy, $600 checks for working class

“You’re getting a one-time $600 check to survive a pandemic, but hey, at least lobbyists can get their three-martini lunches delivered.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 22, 2020 In late-night votes just hours after…

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Posted in Analysis Restart 2021

Watered-down Covid relief deal

‘A slap in the face for people suffering across the country’ “Congress must pass this bill to address the immediate need, but let’s be clear: this should be considered a down payment at best.” by Kenny…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Unemployment

‘$600 is not enough,’ say progressives as Congressional leaders reach Covid relief deal

“How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? We didn’t send help for eight months.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

‘We are not embarrassed enough’: Ilhan Omar slams Congress for failing the public on Covid relief

“It’s really quite shameful that we find ourselves negotiating a deal with such a small amount of money.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 With a coronavirus relief deal finally coming together after…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021 Unemployment insurance

GOP tries to prevent people on unemployment from also receiving stimulus check

‘Gratuitously Cruel’ “Funny enough, they never take issue with doubling down on corporate bailouts and tax cuts for the wealthy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 Republican negotiators in Congress are reportedly trying…

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Posted in News Restart 2020 Unemployment insurance

Congress ‘already too late’ to prevent lapse in unemployment benefits

Thanks to GOP Stonewalling, Experts Say “We will find ourselves early next year in the midst of a humanitarian crisis brought upon by cruel indifference.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, December 14, 2020 At the…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Pro Publica

New bill proposes stopping unemployment agencies that make mistakes from demanding money back

State unemployment agencies have been demanding recipients repay thousands of dollars, even if the agency made the mistake and the money’s already been spent. After ProPublica investigated the practice, legislators are trying to end it. by…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Unemployment

Surge in layoffs spotlights cruelty of Trump-GOP refusal to boost unemployment benefits

‘Deeply Disturbing’ “The nation’s health and economy are going backwards, not forwards, because Republicans and the leader of their party have spent months doing the very opposite of what is needed.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Restart 2021

Sanders leads Senate demand for $1,200 stimulus checks over ‘Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card’ for corporations

“The American people need help and they need help now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9 Rejecting the bipartisan coronavirus relief plan currently under negotiation on Capitol Hill as “totally inadequate,” Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Economy News Unemployment

Trump White House proposes Covid relief plan with $0 weekly unemployment boost

“The president’s proposal starts by cutting the unemployment insurance proposal being discussed by bipartisan members of the House and Senate. That is unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9, 2020 The Trump White House…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Restart 2021 Safety Net

Sanders opposed to relief plan that gives ‘no financial help’ to tens of millions of people

“Given the enormous economic desperation facing working families in this country today, I will not be able to support the recently announced Manchin-Romney Covid proposal unless it is significantly improved.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Unemployment insurance

12 Million set to lose jobless benefits after Christmas

‘About to Be Catapulted Off a Cliff’ Study Shows  “With no end to the pandemic in sight, and a cutoff of nearly all federal unemployment benefits by year’s end looming on the horizon, inaction by Congress…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief in sight

“Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Trump ended Covid relief talks after McConnell said Republicans wouldn’t vote for deal

‘Telling All Working People…to Drop Dead’ “Trump is turning his back on you,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “He doesn’t care about workers and families. He only cares about himself.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

Despite mass suffering, GOP senators prepare to leave town without approving Covid relief

“Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 24 An additional 1.5 million…

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New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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Posted in Coronavirus Economy Unemployment

Double trouble for service workers: No jobs and little unemployment

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 6, 2020 Pearl River   There was a peculiar piece in the Wall Street Journal that left me scratching my head and then trying to remember, somewhat successfully, high school algebra….

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