Just now, the Senate reached a tentative deal on the third coronavirus package that will provide economic support for workers and families.
There’s some good news: Senate Democrats stuck together and worked hard to improve upon the pro-corporate, anti-worker bill that the Republicans drafted. They made some important changes including providing support to small businesses, additional money to hospitals, a one-time stimulus checkto some taxpayers, and four months of unemployment insurance to those affected by COVID-19.
Unfortunately, the bill still leaves critical relief on the table — including (but definitely not limited to) expanded sick leave, recurring direct cash assistance, support for front-line workers, and expanded Medicaid funding. Until these weaknesses are addressed, many workers and families will struggle to put food on the table, to pay their rent or to find a job. This deal falls well short of what we need in this moment of crisis.
Still, this bill is better than nothing. So rather than holding it up in the Senate, we’re asking you to join us in calling on the House to make significant changes to the bill before they pass it. The Senate bill is now the floor for these negotiations. It’s time for Speaker Pelosi to show us the ceiling.
Here are our immediate to-do items for you (more details on the linked pages):
- Call your representative and demand that they make critical changes to the Senate’s bill before voting. Click here to read about the changes we’re requesting, review the script, and call now.
- If you can’t call or if you can’t get through when you try, click here to email your representative with the same message.
- Record a video telling your representative the same things, then share it with us and on your social networks to help expand the reach of our message. Click here and we’ll walk you through the steps of recording and sharing the video.
The good news is that we can still make an impact — this is why we worked so hard to take back the House in 2018 — to make sure that Democrats have more of a say and that our government is putting people over profits.
We’ll be in touch with more over the coming days. Keep an eye on our People Over Profits website for the most up-to-date news. As always, thank you.
City of Ferndale COVID Proclamation
Please support our local businesses
All of our local businesses need our support in these very difficult times. If we don’t support them, they will not survive.
- Valley Grocery: Please stop by and purchase something from Maria’s deli counter. The chicken enchiladas are awesome!
- Ring’s Pharmacy: Tom Renner is the man!
- Erlei’s Bakin’ It: You’ve heard me say this is the place to go for scones, cinnamon rolls and quiche.
- Tuyas: They are doing take out. The chile relleno is to die for.
- Ferndale Tech: Nobody knows computers like Demetrius.
- Pizzaco: What is there to say? Pizza has always been about take out.
- VI: Your table isn’t waiting, but their excellent food is.
- and every other business on Main Street that is still open for business.
What does Indivisible Fortuna, Cloverdale, Sonoma and Ferndale all have in common? We are all writing postcards to voters in the CA25 congressional district to Get Out the Vote for Christy Smith in a run off special election. We have already committed to writing 260 postcards, but we can always do more. If you want to get involved, send me an email here.
Cream Court Cocktail Hour
Barb and I started a “Cream Court Coffee Klatsch” as a way to stay in touch with our immediate neighbors. We have been “keeping our distance” but staying connected. Now we are hosting the “Cream Court Cocktail Hour” this Friday.
Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 5 pm cuz that’s when Larry Trask hosts the “Cocktail Hour” on the Lounge at 94.1.
Location: on the sidewalk and street of Cream Court in front of our home at 1095 Cream Court
Bring your own cocktail, beer or wine and stay six feet away from everyone else.
Larry’s cocktail hour will be playing in the background.
Together, We are Indivisible!