Utahns ask Senators Romney and Lee to support COVID-19 relief extension

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Thousands of Utahns affected by the pandemic are asking Utah Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney for help. They’re signing a petition asking the Senators to extend COVID-19 relief money.

Thousands have asked the senators to take action.

Now, as a result of COVID-19 millions of Americans and thousands of Utahns were laid off. Back in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, both senators supported the CARES act which provided emergency relief, money to slow the impact of COVID-19.

“This pandemic has been hard and while it’s safe to say that it’s hit us all it hasn’t hit us all, we are all in rough waters but not all in the same boat,” Maria Montes with Communities United said. Montes is talking about the 79,000 undocumented immigrants ineligible for federal pandemic aid. 

Voices for Utah Children are calling for an extension of enhanced unemployment assistance which is the additional $600 a week and tax rebate of $1,200 for an adult and $500for children.

Utahns are calling for action, they are asking both Senators to support this initiative again. Congress is also in talks about what to do with COVID-19 relief money.

A spokesperson for Senator Mitt Romney sent ABC4 News the following statement:

“Senator Romney shares the frustration and concern of Utahns who are facing serious financial hardships because of the pandemic. He has introduced several measures to help prevent unemployed workers from experiencing a lapse in their unemployment insurance benefits and extend these benefits through the end of the year. He will continue to push for an extension of unemployment insurance as negotiations continue on COVID relief.” 

ABC4 News reached out to the offices of both senators. Senator Romney’s office replied.

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