WILMINGTON, Del. – In case you missed it, U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today published an op-ed with CNN calling for a dramatic expansion of national service programs like AmeriCorps to help our country safely reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senator Coons is leading a bicameral, bipartisan proposal that would double the number of national service positions available this year to help meet the need for hundreds of thousands of new workers to help with meal delivery, contact tracing, testing, virtual learning, and more.
CNN: To recover from Covid-19, let's build on US history of citizen-led service
By Chris Coons and Bill Cassidy
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the American people have been reminded of just how much we rely on health care professionals, first responders, and many others who help keep us safe and healthy. These men and women have rightly been called heroes, but the scale of this public health and economic crisis has made one thing plainly clear: We need more of them.
To safely reopen our country and our economy, public health leaders estimate we will need as many as 300,000 new workers to test millions of Americans and rapidly trace the contacts of those who are or may be infected. The question is: Where will these people come from, and who will recruit them, train them, and supervise them? We believe the answer is to rapidly expand our existing national service programs like AmeriCorps and build on our country's proud history of citizen-led response to times of national crisis.
The full column is available here.