Four Months After Expanded Unemployment Aid Ran Out & As Other Programs Are Poised to Expire, Loeffler Has Not Delivered for Georgians
ATLANTA, GA — Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Reverend Raphael Warnock today held millionaire Kelly Loeffler accountable for failing to pass additional relief for Georgians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Four months after expanded unemployment relief ran out and as other programs, including a ban on evictions and aid for those who normally do not qualify for unemployment, are poised to expire next month, Loeffler has not delivered for Georgians struggling from the public health and economic crises.
“From our medical professionals and teachers to our small business owners and frontline workers, Georgians are coming together to help each other through this crisis. However, Kelly Loeffler is not doing her part as U.S. Senator,” said Reverend Warnock. “It’s been months since Senator Loeffler passed any federal relief, it’s been four months since the extra unemployment aid ran out, and soon programs that have halted evictions and student loan payments will expire. Senator Loeffler was quick to make sure she could profit off of the pandemic, and since then has failed to pass additional relief for Georgia’s hardworking families.”
One of Loeffler’s first acts as a U.S. Senator was to begin dumping more than $3 million of personal stock holdings the same day she attended a private briefing on the pandemic, which she continued to downplay. Weeks later, Senator Loeffler – the wealthiest member of Congress – voted against providing an additional $600 to all laid off workers as a part of the economic downturn. Fortunately, the boosted federal unemployment relief was included in the final law but Senator Loeffler and Republicans in Washington let it expire on July 31 — four months ago. They have blocked efforts to restore this additional relief since.
Beyond allowing expanded federal unemployment relief to run out months ago, Loeffler has done nothing about the fact that other aid programs Georgians rely on will expire at the end of December, including: aid for unemployed Georgians who otherwise would not qualify for jobless benefits, including contractors and the self-employed; a moratorium on evictions for those who cannot afford to pay their rent or mortgage; deferrals on student loan payments; and paid sick and family leave.
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fifteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
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