Federal Relief Packages

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Pass the American Workforce Rescue Act
Support the Biden plan to provide more COVID-19 relief for the millions in need

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their team have been working at a furious pace to identify what needs to happen fast — to contain the coronavirus, to get our country vaccinated, to help struggling Americans and their communities, and to start reversing the discriminatory, hate-driven executive actions of the last four years. But Biden and Harris cannot do it alone. Now is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and work together to build back better.

Write to Congress right now and urge your elected representatives to support the American Workforce Rescue Act

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Another round of federal stimulus signed into law
$900 billion COVID relief package extends unemployment benefits

On December 21, Congress passed a long-anticipated additional round of COVID relief legislation as part of the Bipartisan-Bicameral Omnibus COVID Relief Deal. The legislative package — the result of last-minute frantic negotiations — provides more much-needed relief to individuals, education, hospitals and businesses in response to the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law
Federal legislation expands sick leave, family leave

Congress passed and the president signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which is effective from April 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

Congress also passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was effective on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act amended FFCRA with respect to some sick time provisions and also provided expanded unemployment insurance benefits.

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The CARES Act — federal stimulus becomes law
What you need to know about COVID-19 pandemic relief

The new bipartisan federal stimulus legislation, known as the CARES Act, was signed yesterday. The $2.2 trillion bill — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — is the third piece of federal coronavirus response legislation passed in recent days and contains significant new resources to assist in COVID-19 recovery.