In this time of unprecedented crises, Congress and the Biden administration must respond through unprecedented action
A record-breaking 4,000 Americans are now dying each day from Covid-19, while the federal government fumbles vaccine production and distribution, testing and tracing. In the midst of the worst pandemic in 100 years, more than 90 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured and can’t afford to go to a doctor when they get sick. The isolation and anxiety caused by the pandemic has resulted in a huge increase in mental illness.
Over half of American workers are living paycheck to paycheck, including millions of essential workers who put their lives on the line every day. More than 24 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work, while hunger in this country is at the highest level in decades.
Because of lack of income, up to 40 million Americans face the threat of eviction, and many owe thousands in back rent. This is on top of the 500,000 who are already homeless.
Meanwhile, the wealthiest people in this country are becoming much richer, and income and wealth inequality are soaring. Incredibly, during the pandemic, 650 billionaires in America have increased their wealth by more than $1tn.
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.@BernieSanders on CBS : "What is absolutely imperative now is that the Congress show the American people we can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time. We can impeach Trump. We can allow Biden's nominees… we deal with the crises facing working families all over this country" pic.twitter.com/cjIPGWAd8M
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) January 20, 2021