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RALEIGH, NC — For many North Carolinians, the first of the month means bills are due and many families are worried about how they are going to pay the bills and put food on the table after Senator Thom Tillis and the Washington GOP went on vacation after the failing to pass critical COVID-19 relief. Continued inaction from Tillis and Senate Republicans means North Carolinians don’t have the resources they need, with cuts to federal unemployment benefits and an end to eviction moratoriums leaving families across the state to wonder how they’ll be able to make ends meet.
It’s been more than a month since federal unemployment benefits expired and because of Thom Tillis’ work gutting unemployment into “one of the stingiest” in the country, many North Carolinians have seen their income drop by nearly 80%. It’s also been a month since the federal eviction moratorium expired, leaving more than 700,000 North Carolinians at risk of being evicted.
Senator Tillis said that by August everything would look different but August has come and gone, and hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are still out of work and uninsured. Instead of doing his job in Washington, Tillis has been “off the radar” and has gone “AWOL on unemployment insurance” when many North Carolinians are close to the financial brink.
Cal Cunningham has repeatedly called for extending federal unemployment benefits that were a lifeline for so many North Carolinians. In July, Cal released his priorities to be included in the next COVID-19 relief package including extending enhanced federal unemployment benefits, providing relief for small towns and cities, ensuring schools have the resource they need, and passing a Medicaid expansion incentive to create more opportunities for states like North Carolina to provide health care to the hundreds of thousands in the coverage gap.
“At a time when they needed it the most, Senator Tillis abandoned North Carolinians,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “Now, bills are due and many families don’t know how they will pay them. It’s time for Tillis to go back to Washington and do his job to help North Carolinians get through this time of crisis.”