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A ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

Sen. Collins is an important voice in the US Senate. As Congress continues to negotiate the next round of COVID-19 stimulus, we need our senior senator to deliver for us. That means ensuring the next bill passed through the US Senate meets at least the following criteria:

 

INCREASE EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR STATES:

Across the country, states are facing increased costs associated with fighting the pandemic and decreased revenue spurred by widespread unemployment and decreased economic activity. Congress must increase emergency funding for states to prevent additional layoffs, reductions in health care and education spending, and other cuts will ultimately make the recession longer and more painful for communities and families.


Sen. Collins must ensure the next stimulus bill includes at least $500 billion in grants for states and territories — the amount called for by the bipartisan National Governors Association — in addition to funding for municipalities, counties, and tribal governments.


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BOOST FEDERAL MATCHING FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE:

While much of Congress’s attention has turned to the pandemic’s impact on the economy, the coronavirus is at its core a public health crisis. Layoffs and the ensuing loss of employer-sponsored health care will put additional demand on Medicaid, increase health care costs for states even as revenue available to pay those increased costs is decreasing.

Sen. Collins must ensure the next stimulus bill increases federal Medicaid matching funds by 14 percent, up from the 6.2 percent increase set by the Families First Act.

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ENSURE WORKER RELIEF LASTS UNTIL THE ECONOMY RECOVERS:

The pandemic and recession have caused widespread unemployment at a level unseen since the Great Depression. The CARES Act expanded access to unemployment and increased benefits for laid-off workers to ensure families had the resources they need to survive during the crisis. But those provisions expired in July, leaving families without crucial financial supports. Six months after the start of the recession, tens of thousands of Mainers are still out of work, with many relying on inadequate state benefits to survive.


To keep families from suffering further, Sen. Collins must ensure Congress reauthorizes the unemployment provisions of the CARES Act through 2021, and make additional extensions automatic for as long as the economic crisis continues.

STRENGTHEN THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET FOR FAMILIES HIT BY THE PANDEMIC AND RECESSION:

Even before the pandemic and recession, many Maine families experienced poverty and hunger. The impact of layoffs and lost incomes have hit struggling Maine families particularly hard.

Sen. Collins must ensure Congress includes in the next stimulus bill a temporary 15 percent increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotment, loosen or eliminate work requirements, and provide states with more funding for costs associated with meeting increased need. Congress must also increase the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding for cash assistance, extend time limits, and make it easier for families to get assistance even if they are out of work.

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ENSURE HOUSING SO ALL FAMILIES CAN STAY SAFE AT HOME:

Physical distancing and quarantine are difficult or even impossible without housing. The pandemic and recession have created extraordinary need for housing assistance. Congress must provide relief to people experiencing homelessness, people at risk of losing their housing, and people who currently receive federal assistance but need additional help.


Sen. Collins must ensure Congress provides significant resources to help low-income Americans afford safe, stable housing during the pandemic and economic downturn. That includes an investment of $26 billion in Emergency Housing Vouchers to help  500,000 extremely low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or fleeing domestic violence. Congress must also provide $11.5 billion in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program funding for homelessness-related services.

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CONTACT SEN. COLLINS NOW

Make your voice heard! Call Sen. Collins at (207) 426-4400 or click here to send her an email. Remember to tell her to Fund Maine's Recovery by:

  • Providing $500 billion in emergency funding for states

  • Boosting federal matching funds for health care

  • Ensuring worker relief lasts until the economy recovers

  • Strengthening the safety net for families affected by the pandemic and recession

  • Ensuring housing so all families can stay safe at home

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