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The writer is disappointed with Republican's handling of a COVID-19 emergency package.

The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or the "HEROES Act," was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, and provides relief for the American people from the acute public health and economic crisis brought about by COVID-19.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell finally began to work on a senate version, but his own caucus cannot agree on what they want.

They have proposed to reduce extra and desperately needed unemployment payments (now expired), and refuse to provide adequate funding in many other areas need by the country during the pandemic, such as financial assistance to states and local communities so that schools can reopen safely, funding to ensure safe and accessible voting for the November election, a national testing and tracing strategy, and vital funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

Republicans will not adequately provide relief to our citizens struggling to make ends meet, yet Republican lawmakers are trying to include $30 billion for military projects in the new COVID-19 emergency package.

And while Donald Trump is talking about an executive order on evictions, he and Senate Republicans are blocking the big fixes that help people actually pay the rent.

It isn't clear who the president and his fellow Republicans are working for, but it clearly isn't the American people.

Mary Anderson


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