The pandemic has only further illuminated all the cracks deeply embedded in the American safety net. I believe that the only way to truly recover from the COVID-19 crisis is to provide immediate COVID relief and enact a vigorous COVID response program.
All eligible Americans should receive unemployment benefits and protections during and after the pandemic, regardless of state residency. I also support an ongoing Child Tax Credit as included in the American Rescue Plan.
As a small business owner, myself, I support helping small businesses through the pandemic via financial assistance. To ensure this, I would like to see a system of accountability to ensure that grants are going to companies in need and that the funds are spent within the parameters of accepted use. Even as we move into a time when hopefully the pandemic will be a less serious issue, it is important that we don't ignore the struggles that it will be left behind.