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Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Senate coronavirus response package.

“Every one of our fellow citizens has been touched by this public health emergency, anxious about sickness and unprecedented economic uncertainty.  Our hospitals and healthcare workers are nearing their capacity. They need – and expect – their government to act. This agreement to provide relief to American workers, families, and small businesses is critically important – and should be considered without delay.  

“We are already behind.  For the past three days, Democrat leadership in Congress took their eye off the ball, delaying consideration of this bipartisan-crafted bill. They insisted on using this crisis as an opportunity to propose completely unrelated legislation that amounted to an ideological wish list. And they spent more time crafting press releases than policy solutions. The countless hours wasted on partisan posturing served no meaningful purpose – all while resources were delayed for more Americans who became sick or lost their jobs.

“This behavior would lead you to believe this is just another political battle. It’s not.

“Our country is on the edge, but we must be in this fight together.  It’s time for Washington to start acting that way, and send this bill to the President.”