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RALEIGH, NC — After months of delay, Thom Tillis and Mitch McConnell failed to extend emergency relief for North Carolinians who remain out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, they’re packing up like their work is done, instead of staying in Washington and working to negotiate an aid package that supports the people of North Carolina.
In North Carolina, that means those out of work will see their incomes drop by nearly 80 percent, right around the first of the month when rent is due, bills are coming, and families still need to find a way to put food on the table. For Britanny Andrews in Charlotte, “the political battles in Washington mean anxiety over how to pay the couple’s $1,000 monthly rent, utilities, car insurance and other expenses. ‘I’m not looking for a handout,’ she said, ‘but I got family to feed.'”
Cal Cunningham has made clear the urgent need to pass additional relief to make sure families don’t fall behind, emphasizing the need for extended federal unemployment benefits, relief for state and local government budget shortfalls, resources for schools, and an incentive to expand Medicaid.
Senator Tillis said that by August, everything would be different, but months later, he’s been “off the radar,” offered milquetoast platitudes, and a “plan” that is not only an “act of self-preservation,” but “way too late.” Now, he’s let benefits lapse and pushed North Carolina families to the financial brink.
“North Carolinians are counting on their leaders to act swiftly to mitigate the impacts of this public health threat,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “They deserve a Senator that will stay in Washington and work through the weekend to get the job done. Anything less is a failure of leadership and unacceptable during this time of deep crisis.”