Statement of Congressman Danny K. Davis on Impact on African Americans Should FPUC Be Allowed to Expire
• African Americans already make up a disproportionate share of “essential workers” especially in the key front-line areas of health care, food and agriculture and industrial, commercial, residential facilities and services and despite the fact that African American essential workers in these front-line areas are already the lowest paid.
• African Americans already make up a disproportionate share of those hospitalized by the virus and a disproportionate share of those who have already died as a result of the virus.
• African Americans are already bracing for mass evictions as evictions for federally-backed properties, accounting for around a quarter of renters in the U.S., were frozen for 120 days under the CARES Act, expiring July 25, 2020.”
“The House-passed Heros Act which extends the FPUC and other protections for working Americans address some of these inequities as it seeks to protect so many of our people who have become dislocated from our social/economic system due to the coronavirus. I join with Ways and Means Chairman Neal in calling on Senate Republicans to follow the lead of House Democrats and extend pandemic unemployment insurance and other critical provisions in the Heros Act. Failure to continue a substantial FPUC would represent a racially-discriminatory action. Period.,” said Ways and Means Worker and Families Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL).