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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03)

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03), released the following statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan coronavirus relief package and annual appropriations spending bill into law:  

“We are finally getting more relief to Nevadans. Through tough negotiations between Democrats and Republicans – negotiations I am proud to have helped lead as a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus—we will deliver expanded unemployment benefits, direct cash payments, small business relief, aid for hospitals and frontline workers, funding for vaccine distribution, and more to every Nevadan in need. As I’ve said though, this is not a victory lap moment for Congress. It’s a wake-up call. This cannot be the last relief package we pass. Our states still need direct relief and working families and small businesses need more help. I’ll help us take that next step by voting tomorrow to send $2000 direct checks to working families. 

“I’m glad that Congress and President Trump avoided a catastrophic government shutdown by passing and signing the annual spending bill. But it’s irresponsible to cut it this close, this often. Bottom line, we need to do a better job of working together. I look forward to bringing my collaborative approach to the Appropriations Committee next Congress.  

“While we avoided an absolute disaster, needless delays to pass and sign the pandemic relief package will cause thousands of Nevadans to temporarily lose their emergency benefits. That’s not okay, and it’s a sign of broken leadership. I’m hopeful 2021 will bring some much needed stability and accountability to our lawmaking. Nevadans deserve nothing less.” 

BACKGROUND: On Dec. 1, the Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of senators announced a $908 billion, bipartisan COVID-19 emergency relief framework to help American students, families, small businesses, workers, and health care providers during this crisis.  

After months of failed progress on relief talks, this most recent bipartisan proposal from the Problem Solvers Caucus jumpstarted negotiations between the White House and Congressional leadership.   

In June 2020, Rep. Lee authored an op-ed in the Las Vegas Review Journal highlighting the need for direct relief to states and localities.