In an interview with KMA Radio’s The Morning Line today, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield called on Congress to prioritize Iowa’s working families and small businesses in the next COVID-19 relief package by extending unemployment benefits, which are set to expire tomorrow, and expanding paid sick leave for all workers:
- “I particularly want to see that our essential workers are getting the help that they need. I believe the way to do that is to extend the expanded unemployment insurance benefits that expire this week. We need more direct payments to workers.
- “We need to expand paid sick leave for all of our workers… folks shouldn’t have to choose between going to work sick, or whether they stay home and take care of themselves or their family and maybe lose their paycheck or lose their job.”
Theresa laid out her priorities for the next round of COVID-19 relief in a statement earlier this week, including expanded unemployment and paid sick leave, more direct payments to workers, another round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, more funds to continue expanding access to free testing, and support for public workers at the state, local, and county level. Previously, Theresa released two plans to put Iowans first during COVID-19.