At LegBranch.org, Kevin Kosar points out that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is compicated, and that House members and senators have returned home.
Altogether these facts argue for each member of Congress to direct his or her office’s energies more heavily toward constituent services. Immediately.
Not least because voters will struggle to understand just how the CARES Act can help them, and also will need help dealing with executive branch bureaucracies in charge of dispensing aid. (And there are and will be challenges.)
Then there’s the more mundane political truth: helping voters and claiming credit for government assistance is smart politics. The $2 trillion in CARES Act benefits were dispensed by Congress, and every legislator rightly can help voters remember that it was the legislature that is the source for the assistance.
And that objective will not be achieved by sitting back and letting the Administration claim credit, and by hoping folks can get the answers they need via surfing to SBA.gov and SSA.gov.