The Census Bureau’s weekly Household Pulse Survey ending the week of July 21 showed that food insecurity for U.S. households had reached its highest level since the Bureau began tracking the data in May after COVID-19 levied its first major shot at the economy.
Almost 30 million Americans reported that they had not had enough to eat at some time in the week prior to July 21.
The survey numbers showed:
- 249 million respondents to the survey
- 23.9 million indicated they had “sometimes not enough to eat”
- 5.49 million indicated they had “often not enough to eat”
Last week, new unemployment claims rose to 1,416,000
Since the onset of COVID-19 in February, jobless claims by individuals have topped 30 million
Millions of small businesses have closed. It’s estimated 60% of restaurants that have closed will not re-open.
The Senate proposes to send another round of $1200 checks to all eligible individuals in its next relief package to help with the suffering. The overall cost of the Senate package proposed $1 Trillion.
The House of Representatives also proposes to send another round of $1200 checks to all eligible individuals in its next relief package to help with the suffering. The overall cost of the House package proposed $3.5 Trillion.
Both branches of government seem to agree to send $1200 to the pawns in their game. $1200 will not last long for those not getting enough to eat, who are struggling to keep a roof over their head and keep the lights on.
They’re going to send this money, whether it seems like a good idea or not. Yet they find reasons to delay the relief. Such delayed relief could be the difference between eviction or another month’s security of a roof overhead; food on the table; utility bills paid.
Yet they quibble. And position. Will Pelosi wrangle another $20 million for the Kennedy Center so she can improve her seats? Who knows what McConnell does in his spare time?
Elected officials like these who show no urgency must be serving another purpose than the populace.