UPDATE: With only a few legislative working days remaining in the year, lawmakers are returning to Washington to complete the urgent work that must be done to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress must respond to the continuing health and economic crisis in every community in our nation—particularly for vulnerable populations including healthcare and front-line workers, the unemployed and under-employed, businesses, indigenous, and black and brown communities. Our voices are needed now more than ever in urging Congress to complete the bi-partisan negotiations to address COVID-19 before the holidays and congressional adjournment.
Congress is considering a new supplemental package to address the economic impacts of COVID-19. We thank lawmakers for the measures already taken to help our nation through this pandemic. As negotiations continue, lawmakers need to hear from faith-based advocates. As impacts cascade, ministry demands expand and more workers are left without employment, our role to care for our community and each other is more valuable than ever.
Based upon ELCA Advocacy priorities, here highlighted are critical issues being discussed in conjunction with federal support. A unique letter in your faith-informed voice, discussing what is happening in your location and in your and your congregation’s experience, can have impact. Consider these critical issues that affect those of us in the greatest need and raise your view with your lawmakers. Refer to additional information on these points in a longer letter to ELCA Advocacy network members.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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