A comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis requires steps to protect public health in the workplace and through food access. Congress should: 

  • Require OSHA to issue emergency protection for front-line health care workers and others at risk.
  • Expand paid leave to ALL workers, regardless of employer size and inclusive of those caring for seniors and those with disabilities. Require that any company taking taxpayer dollars must fully protect worker wages and benefits.
  • Increase the SNAP benefit by 15%, suspend the SNAP three-month time limit for adults not raising minor children for as long as the economy is vulnerable, cease implementation ALL restrictive SNAP regulations, and expand Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP).