***VIDEO FILE INCLUDED*** Rep. Lee Hosts Facebook Live with Nevadans Experiencing Unemployment
Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) hosted a Facebook Live roundtable with Nevadans who have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis to hear their stories and provide an update on the state of COVID-19 relief negotiations in Washington, D.C.
In August 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Nevada in 51st place among states and the District of Columbia for unemployment, which is 13.2 percent in Nevada. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Nevada exceptionally hard due this crisis’ disproportionate impact on the travel and tourism industry.
The following is a transcribed excerpt from Rep. Lee’s opening remarks:
“My father worked for a steel company and was laid off when I was a sophomore in college, and having lived through how tough this is on a family, I thought that [...] it's the people who have been laid off as a result of this pandemic whom I'm fighting for every day here in Washington. I thought it was important for us to have this roundtable with you to hear your stories and assure you that I'm doing everything I can in my power to make sure we get additional relief to not just the thousands of Nevadans, but the millions of Americans who have been displaced because of this pandemic. I'm back in Washington, D.C., right now. So much is going on here [...], but I want you all to know that there's one issue that I'm hyper-focused on and that's COVID-19 relief.”
BACKGROUND: On Sept. 15, 2020, Rep. Lee joined the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC)—which includes 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, including Rep. Lee—to unveil its “March to Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table. Shortly after the Problem Solvers Caucus announced its proposal, bipartisan negotiations around COVID relief resumed. The latest COVID-19 relief proposal includes the following Nevada priorities:
- $4.5 billion in funding for Nevada’s state and local governments;
- Targeted support for restaurant, aviation, and entertainment workers;
- $225 billion for schools;
- Second round of stimulus checks for families;
- $600 per week in federal unemployment aid;
- $71 billion in rent and mortgage assistance;
- Paycheck Protection Program enhancements to support the hardest-hit small businesses;
- 14 percentage point boost to Medicaid funding for states;
- $7.6 billion for Community Health Centers; and
- $75 billion for COVID-19 testing and tracing.