Statement on Ceased Negotiations Over COVID Relief

Statement on Ceased Negotiations Over COVID Relief

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In response to the President's announcement that further negotiations over a COVID-19 relief package would cease, Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, released the following statement: 

"Giving up on America is unacceptable. The President, the Senate, and House cannot cavalierly give up on negotiations over a COVID relief package our country desperately needs so they can hit the campaign trail. Charitable nonprofits throughout America are working to help everyone afflicted by COVID and its economic devastation. Elected officials cannot assume nonprofits will be able to handle the added load we’ve been carrying for too long, all while enduring increased demands with shrunken resources and reduced staff. The CARES Act kept things going for a couple of months. But those dollars have run out. The human pain is growing. Without a deal, thousands of nonprofit employees will go from helping others to needing help themselves. Nonprofits that people rely on will have to shutter, just as need for their services peaks. The resulting increased economic damage of delaying action will be massive. The House, Senate, and White House owe the American people the same commitment to COVID relief that nonprofits are showing every day. Get back to the negotiating table and don’t stop until a deal is done." 

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