Congress and the White House have, so far, failed to reach an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package, leaving millions of people to suffer here and around the world. But Congress is feeling pressure to include a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the next spending bill. Your media, calls, and congressional meetings are working.
Update: To keep negotiations alive on a COVID-19 emergency spending bill, the House is working on a revised HEROES Act. The original HEROES Act, passed in May, did not include any international development assistance. But because of your advocacy, the new HEROES Act includes about $10 billion for international development assistance including $3.5 billion for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; $3.5 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, and about $1 billion for food and nutritional assistance. It’s a big step in the right direction.
And the American people want Congress to act globally. According to a recent ONE Campaign poll, “Nearly all voters (87%) say working to stop the global spread of COVID-19 should be a priority for the U.S. And, nearly all voters say it is important for the U.S. to lead the world in responding (85%), preventing (86%), and detecting (85%) global infectious diseases.”
Take Action: We need to keep the pressure on Congress to negotiate and pass a COVID-19 bill that includes a global response.