There's no other way to put it. On Thursday, the Senate broke for recess after just two weeks when they were supposed to be working on a relief package that would address the serious economic crisis of this moment.
They let the $600 FPUC program end without a solution for the millions who are still unable to work. They left mixed earners - freelancers who receive both W-2s and 1099s - taking home as little as $5 a week in unemployment benefits. They refused to address rent and mortgage relief for those who have had to choose between feeding their families and paying for their homes.
And now they're on vacation again.
It can be easy to feel demoralized by the lack of support. We have all been working so hard, and there have been so many calls to action, that to get this far into the summer without a real plan for aid is heartbreaking. But every step we have taken together counts. Bills have been introduced - like the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act - that are a direct result of our advocacy. We are making progress, even when it doesn't feel like things are moving quickly enough.
It's crucial that we don't give up hope. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we've got miles to go before we can rest. While they're out of the office, fill up your representative's voicemail with our demands. Send emails every day to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Take a look at the resources our friends at Extend PUA (out-of-work freelancers themselves) have compiled and participate in their daily actions.
In a couple of weeks, I'll be hosting another Freelancers Union Town Hall to talk with you directly about what we have planned for when the Senate returns to work. I hope you'll join me then.
Do what you can, wear a mask, and stay safe.
President, Freelancers Union