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Time Is of the Essence
It is unconscionable and unacceptable that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has proposed a stimulus package that is centered on bailouts and corporate tax cuts yet fails to help the people most hurt by the recent economic downturn. This includes people who are living paycheck to paycheck; have lost their jobs; are at risk of foreclosure or eviction; and are forced to choose between working while sick or getting paid, among others. We must not lose sight of our core commitments to those who will need extraordinary support to weather this crisis.

Congress and the Trump administration must immediately pass a stimulus package of a far greater scale—one that makes clear that the federal government will do whatever it takes to support the individuals, families, and state and local governments put under the greatest stress by this public health emergency.

See how the current Senate stimulus proposal fails to meet the moment »

The Center for American Progress is advising federal, state, and local leaders around the clock on developing legislative packages and policies that address the public health, economic, and humanitarian elements of the coronavirus pandemic.
Check out all of CAP's resources »

In the Spotlight
Trump Should Take 6 Immediate Steps on the Defense Production Act
This week, President Donald Trump announced that he was invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to leverage domestic private industry to generate much-needed medical equipment and supplies that are essential to an effective national COVID-19 response. Unfortunately, he walked it back on Twitter fewer than 24 hours later. Trump is now emphasizing that states need to figure out how to find these supplies on their own. This is a mistake. The Trump administration needs to implement the DPA immediately to avoid the worst-case scenario of massive shortages of critical medical supplies across the country.

Here are six steps that President Trump should be taking now on the DPA »

Major Stories This Week

A man prepares his tent on the street in Washington, DC
Homeless Individuals and Families
In a given day, more than 500,000 people in the United States experience homelessness, with an estimated 1.4 million children ages 6 to 18 facing homelessness at some time during the school year. During this unsure and rapidly changing public health landscape, homeless individuals and families are at even greater risk.

Empty street in Rome, Italy
European Union
The combined effect of a global public health and economic crisis will result in a fundamental shift in politics and geopolitics around the world. The coronavirus pandemic poses an existential threat to the European Union unless it learns from its past mistakes and takes decisive action now.

Immigration enforcement officers
Federal Immigration Enforcement
Any response to the coronavirus pandemic must take into consideration the nation’s 5,000 prisons, jails, and immigration detention facilities. Here are three steps that federal immigration enforcement authorities should take immediately to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Mail-in ballots
Elections and Voting Rights
Precautions and drastic measures are necessary to avoid community spread. At the same time, quarantines, the shuttering of community spaces, and other actions to contain the spread of a potentially deadly illness introduce complications in administering elections, threatening Americans’ ability to vote.

CAP in the News

The faithful response to coronavirus: protect one another, op-ed by CAP's Maggie Siddiqi and Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

The Guardian

The US will continue to face national security threats—and must be prepared, op-ed by CAP's Michael Fuchs

The Washington Post
We are not ready for an election during a pandemic

USA Today
Get aggressive, governors and mayors. Show that the buck and coronavirus stop with you., op-ed by CAP's Zeke Emanuel and Topher Spiro

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