In response to today’s passage and signing into law of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Will Gartshore, director of government affairs & advocacy:
“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health and economic well-being of every American. The federal government needs to respond urgently and thoughtfully to ensure the health of our communities and the stability of our economy in this time of crisis.
“We commend Congress for bridging partisan divides and passing a bill to ensure emergency relief to those on the front lines of this pandemic and to American workers facing economic hardship. The final relief package also removes generous handouts that had been proposed for polluting industries and makes important investments to safeguard our election infrastructure in the face of this pandemic.
“More needs to be done, both to address the current crisis and to rebuild for the future. As Congress works to revitalize the American economy with additional stimulus legislation, it is essential that those federal investments support the public interest in the broadest terms and drive innovations that better position our nation to address the full range of challenges we face. This includes upholding existing protections for public health and the environment, and investing in an economic rebound that is more sustainable, more resilient, more equitable, and driven by clean energy.”