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President Trump and Congress: “Thank You for Protecting the Nation’s Most Vulnerable Populations”

By: Angela Williams, President and CEO, Easterseals

On March 27, after being passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. When deployed, the result of the largest stimulus package in American history will authorize $2 trillion in aid to support businesses, hospitals, schools and other critical nonprofit organizations including Easterseals, which provides life-changing home- and community-based services and supports to the one in four Americans who live with disability in America today.

Congress deserves an emphatic applause for their bipartisan compassion to protect those in need and for their continued support during this national public health crisis, addressing immediate needs and the support that will be required throughout recovery from this pandemic. The entire nonprofit universe has been upended, and the recognition and resources provided through the CARES Act will help our great nation see its way through COVID-19. The legislation provides measures that allow nonprofit organizations to continue providing life-saving services and programs to our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Further legislative strategies and interventions were enacted to support our nation’s nonprofits for the duration of the national public health crisis including:

Nonprofit organizations are an essential element of America’s vibrant healthcare landscape. Although nonprofits and similar groups are seeking more federal assistance, there is widespread approval in hopes that more legislation and incentives will be created to ensure all Americans – including those whose lives depend on daily support from our nation’s nonprofits – are able to have their needs met for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Recognizing the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those in Congress and at the White House who have worked overtime to ensure that the needs of nonprofits like Easterseals are addressed and our future viability is protected.

As a leading provider of services for people with disabilities, veterans and seniors, Easterseals’ National Network of 68 Affiliates also partners with caregivers in communities nationwide to assure quality care for the more than 1.5 million consumers and families it serves annually.

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