WASHINGTON – Following passage today of the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, Environmental Working Group urged Congress to include support for hungry families, food and farm workers, and the renewable energy sector in the expected next round of aid.
The following statement is from EWG President Ken Cook.
It’s critical that Congress quickly enact legislation that is equal to the challenges facing our country. The bill passed by the House today provides crucial resources to our hospitals, to millions of newly unemployed Americans, and to restaurants and other small businesses facing economic ruin. But this bill does not go far enough to meet the needs of America’s hungry, protect food and farm workers, or to protect our environment.
In the coming weeks, Congress must take additional steps to increase the standard SNAP benefit, support the people who make our food, and address the economic crisis facing the renewable energy sector, which already employs three times as many people as fossil fuel producers.