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COVID Cases Are Rising & The Relief Bill Is Stalled. Should Dems Accept The GOP Bill?

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People wait in line for a pop-up food pantry in Chelsea, Massachusetts on April 17.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss COVID's fall surge. According to the Covid Tracking Project, the US is averaging 48,000 new cases a day, the highest numbers since mid-August.

Later in the show, we’ll discuss stalled COVID relief. The Trump administration has agreed to an additional $400 a week in unemployment benefits, but Speaker Pelosi is still demanding $600 a week. Moderate and progressive Democrats say Pelosi should accept the GOP plan because people need relief now. Do you agree?



Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, epidemiologist and health economist


Jeff Schuhrke, lecturer at the University of Illinois & contributor to Work­ing In These Times


Web Resources: 

Vox: America’s newest wave of Covid-19 cases, explained 

The New York Times, Sheila Kaplan: White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation 

In These Times Magazine, Jeff Schuhrke: The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There’s Not Another Stimulus

CNBC, Greg Iacurci: Unemployment was supposed to be temporary. Now, it’s permanent for almost 4 million 

Center on Budget and Policy: Tracking the COVID-19 Recession’s Effects on Food, Housing, and Employment Hardships