Federal gridlock on Phase 4 relief: "The Cost of Inaction"
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched the “Cost of Inaction” campaign to quantify and bring to life the very real pain Americans are feeling every day that Congress and the administration fail to provide additional economic relief to individuals, families, businesses, and states impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The inability of Congress and the administration to reach a compromise has a very real and very large human cost,” said Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “For schools and businesses to get the resources they need to safely reopen, for small businesses to keep their doors open, and for those that have lost their jobs to continue to provide for their families, Congress must act. There is no excuse for inaction.”
To launch the campaign, the Chamber is focusing first on the costs associated with safely reopening K-12 schools across the country. In the coming days, the campaign will illustrate how individuals and various industries are being impacted by Congress' inability to reach a compromise.
Example: Costs Associated with K-12 Schools
“Our nation’s schools face numerous challenges in safely reopening for in-person education, but lack of funding and the threat of lawsuits shouldn’t be among them. Yet, because of inaction on a phase IV package, that is the reality confronting our schools,” Bradley said.
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What you can do - US Chamber urges businesses to pressure Congress for action
Given the gravity of the COVID-19 crisis, the US Chamber of Commerce is continuing to urge business people to contact their federal lawmakers to encourage action on key issues like liability protection and extension of PPP.
Send a one-click e-mail to your representatives: Here's a link to an online tool provided by the US Chamber of Commerce that will send an email to your two Senators and your House member. It leads with the critical need for liability protection for businesses, universities and local schools, and you can customize the message to use your own words.
Click here for the Congressional contact link
Posted by Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs Director
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.