Jobs & the Economy
Congressmember Karen Bass knows that we must do all we can to protect put the millions of individuals who lost their jobs as a result of this pandemic back to work. Economic relief and COVID-19 relief go hand in hand. As Speaker of the California State Assembly, she was able to help guide the state out of economic decline and is using that experience to inform her decision amid this new crisis.
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As jobless claims continue to spike—with millions of new claims being filed every week—millions of Americans are finding themselves unable to pay their bills. This is especially true for low-income families, which are more likely to pay higher rates for basic utilities, including electricity and heat. While some individual states and utilities have put in place moratoriums on disconnections, these policies currently provide an inconsistent patchwork of protections, with many Americans at risk of falling through the cracks.
“Tonight, the President again came to the halls of Congress and ironically attempted to push an agenda of unity.
“He said we should reject the politics of revenge and embrace cooperation on the same day that he taunted the Senate Minority Leader on Twitter about election results.
“Within the first few minutes of his speech, the President touted getting families off of food stamps. He stood there just months after pushing an agenda to eliminate SNAP for families across America.
Rep. Bass Talks Family Separation with ABC7's Adrienne Alpert
Rep. Bass Talks Government Shutdown with ABC7's Adrienne Alpert
“This morning, the Supreme Court overturned 41 years of legal precedent to undermine the freedom of teachers, firefighters, police officers and all other public service workers to negotiate for decent pay and fair workplaces. I will continue to fight to strengthen our unions, to protect health care and retirement benefits, and to raise the wages of hardworking Angelinos.”
On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald J. Trump asked the African-American community “What do you have to lose?” in reference to voting for him. When the Rep. Bass and members of the CBC executive leadership team met with President Trump in March 2017, the caucus answered his question in the form a 130-page policy document titled, “We Have A Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” President Trump never responded to the document.
“With less than one month until Tax Day, many communities are still in a world of confusion,” said Rep. Bass. “Many deductions that Californians have relied on have been eliminated and the future impact of the overhaul will ultimately lead to increases in taxes for many Americans. Billion-dollar corporations are already benefitting from the plan while most Americans haven’t seen the pay raise that they were promised.
Passage of the GOP’s Tax Plan has thrown many communities into a world of confusion. Please join me on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the main gym of Crenshaw High School to discover what to expect with the new GOP Tax Plan. At this resource fair, you will be able to: