Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09)
October 21, 2020
“It is clear from yesterday’s vote that Senate Republicans haven’t moved beyond the cynicism preventing them from actually negotiating a COVID relief bill with Democrats, but there is still time to act.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) released the following statement calling on Republican lawmakers to pass comprehensive COVID relief legislation for the American people following the Senate’s vote on a standalone bill funding a loan program for small businesses without protecting workers, avoiding state and local budget cuts, and more:
“It is clear from yesterday’s vote that Senate Republicans haven’t moved beyond the cynicism preventing them from actually negotiating a COVID relief bill with Democrats, but there is still time to act. Coming into lowering temperatures that move Americans indoors, in the biggest public health crisis in a century, the president and the Congress have one job: send comprehensive relief to the American people.
“Speaker Pelosi has been ready to strike a deal that rushes aid to the American people for months and has made meaningful efforts to bridge the partisan divide, even going so far as to update the Heroes Act in October.
“Meanwhile Trump’s own appointees are voicing their full support for additional relief and public health experts are warning of severe consequences if we do not change course. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has said that, ‘The recovery will be stronger and move faster if monetary policy and fiscal policy continue to work side by side to provide support to the economy until it is clearly out of the woods.’ Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield has said we face, ‘the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.’
“We know that neither of the twin public health and economic crises we face will go away without a comprehensive government response. In fact, both crises are likely to worsen as we enter the winter months. The unemployment, the lack of child care, the inability of people to work with adequate safety measures, the lack of nationwide testing and contact tracing—all of it points to the dire need for comprehensive relief from Congress and the president.
“I implore my colleagues in the Senate to stop racing to install a justice onto the Supreme Court in order to strike down the Affordable Care Act and destroy life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and instead focus on relief for the American people. Congress has the tools to mount an effective public health and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I will not stop fighting to see it carried out.”