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Capitol Correspondence - 09.15.20

Two Things You Can Do to Tell Congress the COVID-19 Funding Stalemate is Not OK

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The stalemate in Congress continues over COVID-19 funding, with a pared down Republican-led bill failing to muster 60 votes in the Senate. As reported by The Hill: “Senators voted 52-47 on the roughly $500 billion Republican bill, which marked the first coronavirus-related legislation the chamber has voted on since it passed a $484 billion package in April. But it failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome Thursday’s procedural hurdle as congressional Democratic leadership and the White House remain at a standoff over a fifth coronavirus package.”

Amidst this political environment, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are still showing up to work to support individuals with disabilities in an increasingly financially untenable environment where agencies are having to make impossible choices on staffing and lines of service. Here are two actions you can take to continue to stress the urgency of the challenges surrounding Medicaid disability programs:

  • Use our email tool to ask Congress to do its job so you can do yours. The email tool sends a prewritten message, which you can personalize, directly to your members of Congress.
  • Share our social media stories featuring the hard work DSPs are doing right now, under the banner of our #ForgottenFaces campaign. You can find them on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.