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DeLauro Statement on Senate GOP Coronavirus Proposal, Failure to Deliver Relief For The People

July 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), released the following statement on Senate Republican’s COVID-19 proposal:

“The coronavirus has cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their lives and tens of millions more their livelihoods. The scale of this challenge is unlike any our nation has faced in peacetime, and it cries out for a bold response.

“Congressional Democrats met the moment with The Heroes Act, which would provide $3.5 trillion to defeat the virus, stave off economic hardship, and honor our heroes by ensuring vital workers get paid and stay on the job. Unfortunately, Republicans have countered with a plan that can only be described as insulting to every American struggling because of this virus and the economic collapse.

“Senator McConnell has followed up his call for states to file for bankruptcy with a bill that provides no general fiscal aid to states or local governments. This callous decision would mean that hundreds of thousands of first responders, health workers, and other vital employees will be laid off. And because President Trump says he wants to slow down testing to win re-election, the Republican bill includes woefully inadequate funding for testing, tracing, and treatment.

“At a time when tens of millions of Americans don’t have enough to eat, the Republican bill does nothing to strengthen food security. As millions of Americans fall behind on their rent and mortgage payments, the Republican bill fails to protect renters from evictions, homeowners from foreclosures, or utility shutoffs, which threatens families’ safety during the heat waves the country has seen. Further, $3.2 billion dollars to help Section 8 participants and Public Housing residents will not be able to prevent the wave of evictions the country is facing. As unemployment remains at levels unseen since the Great Depression, the Republican bill cuts families off of expanded benefits.

“This Republican bill is unacceptable. In the coming days, I look forward to standing with my Democratic colleagues in negotiations to craft bipartisan legislation that will actually deliver for struggling families.”