Please Pass The HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) and the Child Care Is Essential Act (H.R. 7027)
We as community members, leaders, families, workers, educators, constituents, encourage the United States Senate to please pass the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), and the Child Care Is Essential Act (H.R. 7027), as 40% of the United States is currently living in poverty. The food, housing, jobs, education, and child care access, are the foundational rubrics of our working economy prior and during Covid-19.
According to the Tax Foundation, Families in 2015 paid 29 percent of the nations income in federal taxes, and in 2019, According to the IRS, the majority of the nation paid an additional $91 Billion dollars in taxes, while the largest businesses paid a minimum of $91 Billion dollars less in taxes, than the rest of the United States of America. With a nationwide poverty rate of 40% of the U.S. population, it is evident that the 30 percent of the entire nations income is almost the rate of the entire number of those living in poverty. We truly deserve to have a HEROES Act passed during these most vulnerable times.
Most of our traditional industries lost billions of dollars within the first three weeks of the first lockdown, while many small businesses were forced to shut down, permanently.
In 2016, 18% of children residing in the United States suffered from food insecurity, and in 2019, 35% of children residing in the United States are suffering from food insecurity, according to the USDA. The passing of the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) will provide additional support to our nation’s food growers to keep America fed, while providing family leave, and various other benefits.
From 1995 to 2017 there were a total of 25,945, total school closures; not including the last two years, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. According to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2019, $500 Million was granted to private charter school systems, while $500 Million was granted for both charter and public schools, to share, leaving there to be less, overall, funding for the national public school system, than for the privatized school system.
Most charter schools do not currently have a special educational curriculum, leaving out a vulnerable population from being able to ever choose a charter school, even if it’s the only school in their area.
In 2019, $77 Million went to homeless children and youth, nationwide, while $459 Million went into opioid abuse prevention.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2019, $386 Million was allocated to preschool, and $458 Million, nationwide, for both non-disabled children and disabled children in the child care fields. One county alone, such as Alameda County, in California, would need $400 Million to provide quality child care to all families. Clearly the national rate of child care funds are very low compared to the actual county needs.
It is crucial to understand that child care is a large solution for the nations' families that face unemployment and who are seeking employment; critically, during Covid-19. You can not have a workforce without quality child care; hence, the need for the passage of the Child Care Is Essential Act. It is also crucial that our nation’s leaders pass the essential needs found in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), as well, to bring hope to our future working economy.
As concerned constituents, we urge the U.S. Senate to please pass the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) and the Child Care Is Essential Act. (H.R. 7027).
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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