The Trump administration is blocking IMF COVID-19 aid!

Guess who’s blocking COVID-19 aid?


Overseas supporters scroll down to sign this petition:

Never before has our interconnectedness been so clear as now during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 knows no borders and countries with already fragile or decimated economies and health care systems are facing dire crises. The global death toll for this disease is quickly approaching 600,000 lives. The economic consequences have yet to be measured, but much of the developing world is expected to go into deep recessions. It is no exaggeration to warn of an impending global economic collapse.

The good news is that there is a no-cost response that could save lives and boost the global economy, and all it requires is action from the U.S. Congress. They must vote to authorize the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to release Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), a financial tool that would provide billions in aid to countries during this critical time. 

H.R. 6581 and S. 4139 would instruct the U.S. representative at the IMF to vote in favor of issuing trillions of dollars in SDRs. The IMF cannot take action without the U.S. representative’s vote. 

Issuing SDRs would cost U.S. taxpayers absolutely nothing. It is the very definition of low-hanging fruit and would be a clear demonstration of U.S.global leadership during the pandemic. It would help the global economy recover, which would ultimately protect companies and workers around the world. SDRs played an important role in reducing unemployment and poverty following the 2009 financial crisis, they can play a similar role today under circumstances that are much more dire. 

Most importantly, authorizing the issuance of SDRs will save thousands of lives around the world and will contribute to the pandemic ending sooner. This measure has wide support both at home and abroad. Domestically, 85 organizations support issuing SDRs, including CODEPINK, Amnesty International USA, Bread for the World, CARE, Church World Service, InterAction, International Rescue Committee USA, Jubilee USA Network, Mercy Corps, ONE, Presbyterian Church (USA), Save the Children US, Union for Reform Judaism, and the United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society. Internationally,the UN Secretary General, the IMF Managing director and countries including France, Germany, others in the EU and dozens from Africa, Asia and Latin America support SDRs.

The U.S. Congress must show the world that the United States is ready to lead in the fight against COVID-19. 

Comments

  • Etilvia Jimenez
    signed 2020-07-10 21:32:31 -0400
    Urge que se respete el derecho internacional
  • Stephen Ceci
    signed 2020-07-10 21:16:33 -0400
    Stop destabilizing other countries, we need international solidarity not imperialist intervention.
  • Peter Pope jones
    signed 2020-07-10 21:15:57 -0400
  • scott chapman
    signed 2020-07-10 21:13:00 -0400
  • Emily Rothman
    signed 2020-07-10 21:11:41 -0400
  • Colin Royle
    signed 2020-07-10 21:07:01 -0400
    Why does US hate poor countries who refuse to kiss Uncle Sam’s ass ?
  • Phillip Hlavac
    signed 2020-07-10 21:07:01 -0400
  • Julie Harris
    signed 2020-07-10 21:05:51 -0400
  • Barry Ward
    signed 2020-07-10 21:04:48 -0400
    The cat is out of the bag – Give them the money.
  • sucy varughese
    signed 2020-07-10 21:03:26 -0400
  • Peter Wilson
    signed 2020-07-10 20:55:09 -0400
  • Karen Saum
    signed 2020-07-10 20:33:33 -0400
  • Abe Martin
    signed 2020-07-10 20:32:30 -0400
    This blocking of aid is no less a crime and the same as criminal genocide !!
  • Tina Langhaeuser
    signed 2020-07-10 20:27:48 -0400
  • Rocio Campos
    signed 2020-07-10 20:25:56 -0400
  • Tina Ann
    signed 2020-07-10 20:17:49 -0400
  • Brendan McAleer
    signed 2020-07-10 20:06:53 -0400
  • Sherri Hilario
    signed 2020-07-10 20:01:39 -0400
  • Lauren Linda
    signed 2020-07-10 19:55:26 -0400
  • Randi Byron
    signed 2020-07-10 19:51:56 -0400
  • Edward Rengers
    signed 2020-07-10 19:45:41 -0400
  • Walter Kos
    signed 2020-07-10 19:45:39 -0400
    Dear Congress: Give the money to the poor and otherwise needy—not to the corporations. And, defund the US Military-Industrial Complex to end forever the endless wars of death and destruction of this entity.
  • Callie Lockwood
    signed 2020-07-10 19:42:40 -0400
  • Daniel Goldberg
    signed 2020-07-10 19:41:39 -0400
  • Amaya Justiz
    signed 2020-07-10 19:39:21 -0400
  • Miguel Pérez
    signed 2020-07-10 19:38:27 -0400
  • David Way
    signed 2020-07-10 19:36:49 -0400
  • Jimmy McMillan
    signed 2020-07-10 19:33:51 -0400
  • Michael Otto
    signed 2020-07-10 19:30:19 -0400
  • William Gittlen
    signed 2020-07-10 19:30:13 -0400

Overseas supporters scroll down to sign this petition:

Never before has our interconnectedness been so clear as now during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 knows no borders and countries with already fragile or decimated economies and health care systems are facing dire crises. The global death toll for this disease is quickly approaching 600,000 lives. The economic consequences have yet to be measured, but much of the developing world is expected to go into deep recessions. It is no exaggeration to warn of an impending global economic collapse.

The good news is that there is a no-cost response that could save lives and boost the global economy, and all it requires is action from the U.S. Congress. They must vote to authorize the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to release Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), a financial tool that would provide billions in aid to countries during this critical time. 

H.R. 6581 and S. 4139 would instruct the U.S. representative at the IMF to vote in favor of issuing trillions of dollars in SDRs. The IMF cannot take action without the U.S. representative’s vote. 

Issuing SDRs would cost U.S. taxpayers absolutely nothing. It is the very definition of low-hanging fruit and would be a clear demonstration of U.S.global leadership during the pandemic. It would help the global economy recover, which would ultimately protect companies and workers around the world. SDRs played an important role in reducing unemployment and poverty following the 2009 financial crisis, they can play a similar role today under circumstances that are much more dire. 

Most importantly, authorizing the issuance of SDRs will save thousands of lives around the world and will contribute to the pandemic ending sooner. This measure has wide support both at home and abroad. Domestically, 85 organizations support issuing SDRs, including CODEPINK, Amnesty International USA, Bread for the World, CARE, Church World Service, InterAction, International Rescue Committee USA, Jubilee USA Network, Mercy Corps, ONE, Presbyterian Church (USA), Save the Children US, Union for Reform Judaism, and the United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society. Internationally,the UN Secretary General, the IMF Managing director and countries including France, Germany, others in the EU and dozens from Africa, Asia and Latin America support SDRs.

The U.S. Congress must show the world that the United States is ready to lead in the fight against COVID-19. 

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