“It's the greatest economic crisis in 75 years, the greatest healthcare crisis in 100 years,” said Leader Schumer. “We need something that meets that, that rises to that occasion and meets the moment, and we will fight for it.”
Washington, D.C. – As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, reaching a record 121,000 new infections in the United States on Thursday, Senate Democrats highlight the need for a comprehensive coronavirus relief bill in this week’s Weekly Democratic Address. In the address, Leader Schumer and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA) underscore that Americans across the country desperately need help to deal with the effects of the economic and public health crises. Senate Democrats want to provide support to health care providers, children, workers, small businesses, renters and more so they can continue to pay their bills and feed their families during this time. In closing, Senate Dems call for an end to divisive partisanship so Democrats and Republicans can work together on a sweeping response to this pandemic.
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Senate Democrats’ remarks as delivered follow:
Leader Schumer: “It's the greatest economic crisis in 75 years, the greatest healthcare crisis in 100 years. We need something that meets that, that rises to that occasion and meets the moment, and we will fight for it.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Let’s do something that makes a difference in the lives of people and helps them. Let’s deal with this coronavirus directly and let’s help those who are suffering with job loss and struggling to make ends meet get through this crisis themselves.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): “Our healthcare providers, our children, and families, and business need help right now. This is not the time to leave anybody behind, and Democrats are fighting to make sure they aren't.”
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR): “This is about making sure that tens of millions of Americans who walk an economic tightrope during this pandemic will be able to pay the rent, put food on the table, buy medicine.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): “The Democrats are here for working families. For people who are struggling. For small businesses. For restaurants. For minority owned businesses. For our doctors and nurses. For the people who are in public health who are trying to get their arms wrapped around this COVID crisis. This is what it's going to take, not only to deal with this immediate healthcare crisis, but also the economic crisis that is tumbling behind it.”
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD): “We know small businesses need help. They are in desperate need of help. Our economy needs help.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): “As important as these steps are, we can't just give businesses loans and think that takes care of it when the virus is still raging and the customers don't have jobs. That is why we need a comprehensive bill that actually meets the magnitude of this crisis.”
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA): “Put partisanship aside, put families first and work together to respond to the pandemic with a kind of sweeping response that is so clearly needed.”