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I want to say to everyone watching us at home right now…we hear your concern … we feel your anxiety, and we know what we need to do.  

“When this year began, Americans were enjoying a level of peace and prosperity unheard of in modern times. The economy was at record highs. Unemployment for American workers was at record lows. Take-home pay was rising, and business closures were falling.

“But a few weeks ago, we learned about an invisible enemy from a distant land — an enemy like we had never faced before. Now, the virus is here. We didn’t invite it. We didn’t ask for it. We didn’t choose it. But we will fight it together — until we win, together.

“So what can we do for hardworking taxpayers, their families, and small businesses — the pillars of American life — who are doing their part, but facing economic disaster, through no fault of their own?

“First, we can recognize that their sacrifices are an invaluable service to their fellow citizens. They deserve our eternal gratitude and prayers. Second, and more importantly, we can give them our financial support now so they can weather this brutal storm in the weeks ahead.

“Which brings me to the rescue package before us today — the CARES Act. It is the largest assistance measure in American history — and it is going directly to the pockets of hardworking taxpayers, their families, and small businesses.

“For everyone affected by this virus, we will be your voice. For those battling this virus, or lost your job, or don’t know if you’ll have one a month or two from now, I want you to know:  we’re listening, we hear you, and we are working for you…

“This bill is not only a rescue package, it’s a commitment — a commitment that your government, and the people whom you elected to serve you, will do everything we can to limit the harm and hardship you face, both now and in the foreseeable future.

“If you do your part, I promise: we will do ours. We are going to help Americans get through this…

“We are going to do this together. And in the end, we are going to be healthier, stronger, and more united than ever before.

“Because, as Americans, that’s who we are.”