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Motorcoach drivers rally in Washington looking for relief

Motorcoach drivers from all 50 states are rallying in Washington this week. (Source: Gray DC)
Motorcoach drivers from all 50 states are rallying in Washington this week. (Source: Gray DC)(GRAYDC)
Published: May. 13, 2020 at 3:29 PM EDT
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Bus drivers from around the country are in Washington this week looking for help. The coronavirus pandemic is hitting the motorcoach industry hard resulting in widespread layoffs and furloughs.

Industry leaders say the entire industry is seeing things come to a screeching halt. They say roughly 90 percent of workers are either laid off or furloughed. More than 500 drivers representing all 50 states are rolling around DC streets to send a message to federal leaders that they want more relief money.

John Adams, a driver from Dothan, AL says the CARES Act relief package was not enough to hold them and their families over.

"We’re totally shutdown. We have no income, no revenue stream at all. So we’re relying on what money we had to survive on," said Adams.

Lawmakers are considering another round of relief funding for Americans, though it is unclear if there will be specific carveouts for the motorcoach industry.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a multi-trillion dollar package on Tuesday that she says aims to further assist with the health and economic fight around the country.

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