Great to see a bipartisan group in Congress working on extending business loans (“Congress hustles to extend spending window as COVID-19 loan deadlines loom” May 27). What about the Senate moving on the recent relief bill passed by the House that offers help for millions of renters about to be homeless, an increase to the SNAP program that is our best weapon against the seemingly unstoppable rise of hunger and help for state and local governments, the leaders in our fight against the virus? The Senate can add funding for global initiatives like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, both on the front lines against this and other pandemics around the world, protecting us locally from these pandemics coming back to our shores.  

So, let’s call, write and virtually visit our senators and ask them to hustle to deal with this crisis of hunger, a looming cascade to homelessness, strengthening the local branches of government that are on the front lines in this battle and aiding the global initiatives that the world depends on. 

Willie Dickerson

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Snohomish, Washington

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