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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Automatically Tying Federal Relief to Economic Conditions

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the second installment in Urban’s new conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Tracy Gordon, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, and Sharon Parrott, senior vice president for federal policy and program development at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will join Wartell to discuss why key components of federal relief should be tied to labor market conditions and how to ensure future aid neither ends prematurely nor lasts too long.   

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the earlier Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act provided fiscal relief to states, expanded unemployment benefits, and established or increased other types of aid. But this aid is limited, with some key provisions ending as early as this summer, and there is a substantial risk that without new policies, key relief measures will end while need is still great. As policymakers consider additional COVID-19 relief legislation, Gordon, Parrott, and Wartell will explore what is at stake if relief measures end too soon, what we learned from the Great Recession, and what policymakers can do differently now.

Urban is bringing evidence-based insights to this crisis, focusing on solutions that advance equity and upward mobility. Each week, Urban experts will speak with changemakers from the government, philanthropy, and private sectors about the knowledge they need to help us respond to the crisis, recover, and become more resilient.


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The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.

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Date & Time Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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