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Blunt Criticizes Democrats’ All-or-Nothing Approach on Coronavirus Relief

October 20, 2020

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Senate Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, faulted Democrats for their all-or-nothing approach that has stalled the latest round of coronavirus relief.

Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:

“Well, the speaker knows how to get things done, if she wants to get things done. And she also knows the way to get things done is not to say, ‘give me everything I want, or I don't want anything’ -- and not just the money, but the policy.

“This has not just been a debate about the money, which is well beyond the money we need to do the job that needs to be done. But it's also not just about spending the amount of money they want to spend. But more and more, it's about spending it exactly the way they want to spend it. That will not produce a result. 

“I think it's incredibly unfortunate, as Senator Barrasso just said, there's money in our package to complete the incredible effort we're making on vaccines, the incredible effort we're making on testing, to be sure that both vaccines and tests have the money necessary to get distributed and widely used. And that shouldn't wait till the middle of December, or the middle of January, or the middle of February. That needs to happen right now. 

“But it's not the way to legislate. Nobody knows that better than the speaker. It is not the way to reach a conclusion. It's the best way you can almost assure you're not going to reach a conclusion, which is to say, ‘give me everything I want, or I don't want anything.’”

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