Let Congress hear your concerns on pandemic relief bill

Renters and landlords face a dire situation after the CARES Act protection runs out. (“Eviction moratorium uncertainty means preparing for anything,” The Herald, July 12) Fortunately, the House passed $100 billion in rent relief and an evictions moratorium. Unfortunately, the Senate ignored this legislation that also provided an increase in the SNAP program for the hungry, $75 billion for local public health departments across the country, and funding for State and local governments who are leading the battle against COVID-19. W

While the Senate probably won’t pass the Heroes Act, there is still hope for relief before Congress adjourns for the August recess. We can ask our representative and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to weigh in with leadership, asking these important aspects of relief be a part of any new negotiated package. Our calls, letters, and even virtual visits can underline the importance of rent relief, eviction moratorium, the increase for SNAP, the funding for health departments, and the support of frontline local and state governments. Otherwise, we will be taking many steps back, with an increase in hunger, homelessness, and COVID deaths.

Your voice now and your vote in the fall can make all of the difference.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

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