November 25, 2020

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Pressure for ‘targeted’ coronavirus relief bill grows as time dwindles

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“Please know that my constituents are now in a dire emergency — they cannot wait any longer,” Evans wrote, noting the jobless rate in his home city of Philadelphia remains “stubbornly high” at nearly 11 percent, and that as many as 400,000 Pennsylvania residents face the risk of eviction.

While the unemployment rate nationally fell to 6.9 percent in October, there were still 11.1 million jobless workers, or nearly twice the pre-pandemic level, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“While undoubtedly, a substantial relief package is needed to address the impacts of the public health crisis in its entirety, I respectfully urge you to immediately pass bipartisan legislation with targeted funding that addresses the dire unemployment, housing, and small business needs of our communities at risk of further financial crisis as they attempt to safely and effectively mitigate the public health crisis,” Evans wrote. 

First elected in 2016, Evans represents the most liberal parts of Philadelphia. He’s received more than 90 percent of the vote in each of his three campaigns in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District. 

Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday called again on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to negotiate with Democrats on an aid package. But she appeared to hold her ground on wanting robust aid to state and local governments to prevent layoffs — a provision many Republicans say is not needed.

David Lerman and Lindsey McPherson

2020-11-20 10:12:09

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