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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Updated: Jun 13


President Biden writing a letter to me.


I do online volunteer work for the ONE Campaign - an anti poverty agency. Under that capacity I wrote a letter to President Biden asking for congress to pass a bill that would provide more aid to nations like India that are struggling under the pandemic. Here's what he wrote back:


Dear Mr. Ninan,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day, I carry in my pocket a small card that shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or have lost their lives to COVID-19. My heart breaks for those grieving the loss of their loved ones—a sorrow that too many across the globe are now familiar with. I also know that, on top of this unfathomable loss, millions of Americans are struggling with grief, anxiety, and financial difficulty caused by this pandemic. We have endured a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice during a long and dark winter. Know that I am doing everything in my power as President to defeat this devastating virus so we can return to our lives and loved ones safely. My Administration has launched an aggressive, coordinated, comprehensive effort to end this pandemic and to support the people and communities that have been hit the hardest. We are providing clear, consistent, science-based guidance for how communities should navigate this historic public health emergency, and we are mobilizing every resource available to stop the spread of the virus and provide relief to the American people. Help is here. On my 50th day in office, I signed into law the American Rescue Plan—one of the most transformational pieces of legislation in our Nation’s history. This law gives $1,400 direct payments to Americans in nearly every household, extends unemployment benefits, helps open schools safely, provides relief to small businesses, lowers health care premiums, puts food on tables, and keeps roofs over heads. It will cut child poverty in America in half, and it funds all the steps needed to beat the virus and create millions of jobs. To see how the American Rescue Plan helps people like you, I encourage you to visit: www.wh.gov/American-Rescue-Plan/. My Administration is committed to beating this virus, and we are making tremendous progress. However, we cannot be complacent. We need everyone to get vaccinated when it is their turn. All of us must continue to fulfill our patriotic duty by wearing masks, washing hands, and staying socially distanced, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. We can do this. While we have lost so much over the past year, we have also seen how much there is to gain—in appreciation, in respect, in gratitude. There are moments in history when more is asked of us as Americans, and so many have answered that call. Frontline and essential workers, medical professionals, researchers, and scientists have all risked their lives to save and help others. They are all a reflection of America’s indomitable spirit. I will keep your letter in mind as I work to end this crisis. With your help, we will come back stronger than before. May God bless you and the loved ones lost during this pandemic.

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