Congresswoman Moore released the following statement, calling for additional individual cash payments to be included in the next COVID relief package:

“Nine months ago, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act was the largest of the initial aid packages that Congress enacted to help Americans through the coronavirus pandemic. Among many critical provisions in that law was the one authorizing up to $1,200 payments to individuals (plus an additional $500 per child) for most Americans struggling with the economic impacts of this deadly virus.”

“A true relief package must lift everyone up. And one of the best ways to do this is by putting money in the hands of the people. The cash payments in the CARES Act were needed relief, helping keep food on the table and pay rent, among other uses. But that money has since dried up. I support additional payments, as do most House Democrats, which is why strengthening those payments were a key part of the two follow up packages (H.R. 925 and H.R. 6800) that have passed in House in the last six months only to die in the Mitch McConnell’s graveyard. The longer relief is delayed, the more Americans will be pushed into poverty and dire straits.”

“I am calling on negotiators to include a new round of payments in any upcoming COVID-19 package. I have heard the calls from my constituents, who have spoken on the need for cash payments because they are facing financial trouble that worsens as the days go on. Millions are on the brink of eviction. Others are seeing their UI benefits expire, if they got them in the first place. Pantries are seeing long lines that keep growing. Congress must extend funding for vital public health efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic and must also help reduce the economic pain caused by the pandemic by quickly providing direct relief to Americans.”

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