Actors' Equity Association released the following statement in response to pandemic unemployment enrollment ending this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the HEROES Act up for a vote.
"Equity members want to go back to work, but the industry has been shut down since March because in most states, it is still not safe for mass gatherings," said Kate Shindle, President of Actors' Equity Association. "The artists who fuel our gigantic, nationwide economic engine have gone months without work, and the weekly $600 included in the CARES Act is all that is keeping our workers afloat as they stare down an uncertain future. How much longer will Senator McConnell wait to bring up the HEROES Act for a vote? The Senate must act."