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President Biden's Proposed $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Response Plan

by Sarah Skillin Woodard

President Biden recently released a framework for his comprehensive plan to address the COVID-19 crisis. His $1.9 trillion plan, which would require congressional approval, includes:

  • Developing a national vaccination program in partnership with state and local governments;
  • Providing for significant increases in testing to control the spread of COVID-19;
  • Addressing racial disparities in COVID-19 resources by expanding health care services in communities of color and other areas with disproportionally high rates of COVID-19;
  • Providing resources to reduce and manage COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities and prisons;
  • Providing resources to help schools reopen safely;
  • Reinstating paid leave mandates for employers with 500 or fewer employees and extending the tax credits to employers for providing paid leave through September 30, 2021;
  • Extending expanded federal unemployment benefits through September 30, 2021 and increasing the federal weekly supplement to $400 (it is currently $300);
  • Providing additional stimulus checks of $1,400 for most Americans;
  • Extending moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures through September 30, 2021;
  • Increasing federal assistance for affordable housing, food assistance, and child care;
  • Raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour;
  • Continuing health coverage for unemployed workers through September 30, 2021;
  • Providing new grants and loans to small businesses that have been particularly harmed by the economic effects of the pandemic; and
  • Providing $350 billion in new funding for state and local government to protect the pay of frontline workers, at least $3 billion of which would be for a grant program that could be used to help some nonprofits have the staff they need to meet essential community needs.

The 19-page framework does not provide details on whether the plan would address some of nonprofit sector’s ongoing needs, including expansion of the temporary universal charitable deduction and extension and expansion of the partial federal forgiveness of unemployment expenses for reimbursing nonprofits. MANP continues to work with our national partners to advocate for Congress and the White House to include nonprofit priorities in the next COVID-19 relief bill.

Take Action: Join National Letter in Support of COVID Relief for Nonprofits

In the past week, more than 1,900 nonprofits from all 50 states have signed on to a letter asking President Biden and leaders in Congress to include four key nonprofit provisions in the next COVID relief legislation:

  1. Provide financial relief that is available to all nonprofits;
  2. Strengthen incentives for charitable giving;
  3. Hold nonprofits harmless for unemployment claims during the pandemic; and
  4. Provide additional support to state and local governments.

Please take one minute to add your nonprofit’s name to this national sign-on letter urging federal policymakers to include these provisions in the next COVID relief legislation.

We know from experience that policy proposals like these have a much greater chance of adoption when the constituents they’re meant to help show their support by contacting their lawmakers. With your help, we can show every member of Maine’s congressional delegation that nonprofits in their districts want these measures.

Thank you if your organization has already signed on to the letter! If you have questions, please reach out to me at Sarah Woodard, swoodard@nonprofitmaine.org.

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