. Another 8 Million Americans Are Now in Poverty Because Congress Couldn’t Get Its Act Together « JO LEE MAGAZINE

VICE/About 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since May, largely due to the federal government’s inability to agree on a plan to dole out new stimulus checks and unemployment benefits to suffering workers, according to researchers at Columbia University.

The bipartisan CARES Act, a $2 trillion relief package signed in March just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to shred the economy, held millions back from destitution at first, according to Zach Parolin, a researcher at the university’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy and lead author of the working paper published Thursday.

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