PRESS RELEASE: SENATOR RON JOHNSON DELAYS $5.5 BILLION IN EMERGENCY COVID AID FOR WISCONSINITES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2021

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Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

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SENATOR RON JOHNSON DELAYS $5.5 BILLION IN EMERGENCY COVID AID FOR WISCONSINITES

More Than 11 Million Workers Will Begin to Lose Unemployment Benefits Starting on March 14, 10 Days From Now — Senate Republicans Respond By Stonewalling American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, just 10 days before the expiration of unemployment insurance benefits for 11.4 million American workers, Senator Ron Johnson employed Senate arcane obstruction tactics to delay $5.5 billion in state and local Covid relief for Wisconsinites — 60% of whom support the American Rescue Plan.

“Today, Senator Ron Johnson proved that he would rather stonewall one of the most popular bills in decades to undermine the new administration than deliver crucial aid to Wisconsin’s schools, small businesses, essential workers, and communities,” said Maddy McDaniel, communications director of Invest in America Action. “This is especially egregious given that he is jeopardizing unemployment benefits that are set to expire in just 10 days for the millions of Americans who rely on that money to afford food and pay rent. Thanks to Senator Johnson, they are 10 hours closer to the edge of a precipitously steep cliff.”

While Senator Johnson delays the passage of the American Rescue Plan:

The expiration of unemployment insurance benefits on March 14 is just the beginning. Any delay in aid hurts American families, workers, and businesses.

  • Thousands of struggling small businesses will need to shut their doors without additional aid — like the 400,000 firms before them

  • Millions of families, who have already lost $1.3 trillion in income, will soon no longer be able to pay the rent or put food on the table without a stimulus check

  • Many state and local governments, who already face a $300 billion budget shortfall, will need to lay off more essential workers, curtail their vaccine distribution programs and keep schools shut down without more funding.

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About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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