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Blunt Urges Congress to Take Immediate Action on Coronavirus Relief

“We need to do this. We need to do it now”

December 08, 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, urged Congress to move quickly to reach a bipartisan deal on a coronavirus relief package that provides funding for vaccines, and aid for families, schools, businesses, and health care providers.

Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:

“I would say on the issues that Senator Thune mentioned: vaccine distribution, continuing to fund the vaccine effort, businesses big and small, restaurants to airlines, PPP, unemployment that's about to run out. All of those efforts will be dramatically impacted if we act now.

“My view expressed a week ago, and still my view, is that $900 billion right now will do more good than $2 trillion would do in April. If we have three or four tough months in front of us, all of those things I just mentioned are challenged during that period of time. If we mitigate the problems, we would be a lot better off in the spring than if we just let the problems develop. And I think anybody who thinks if we let this moment pass that we'd have another bill before, say late March, hasn't spent much time around this building. We need to do this, we need to do it now.

“We don't need to fight right now about what we can agree on. We need to agree on what we can agree on and move forward. And it'll be some of the best money we spend if we spend it now rather than trying to recover from all of the things that we didn't stand up and be helpful about, because the Congress couldn't figure out how to move forward with things we know need to be done and spend our time instead deciding, just like we've done on this issue up until now, that well, we'd rather not have anything if we can't get everything.

“Finally, the other side has said well, maybe it's not $2.5 trillion, maybe it's not $3.5 trillion. Maybe it's less than a trillion, but it's pretty darn late in the day to figure out the trillion you can get is better than $3 trillion that you can’t get.”

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