Charleston Gazette-Mail – As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s a good time to take stock of what we’ve learned.
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A big takeaway from the past two years is that government response matters. From the Paycheck Protection Program to the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, federal investments helped keep families and businesses whole while stemming the worst health and economic outcomes. Emergency relief helped families and workers get by. But, even before COVID-19 and inflation, the basics we rely on were too expensive for working people.
Now, we face critical support expiring just as prices for everything from gas to groceries are rising. This might be Congress’s last and best opportunity to act so we don’t lose ground we’ve gained, and we need Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to get the job done by enacting straightforward, targeted policies that will lower costs for workers and families as part of a commonsense economic reconciliation package.
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