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Upton: The House should stay in Washington D.C. until we pass COVID relief

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Washington, September 18, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, is joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling on House leadership to pass a COVID-19 relief package before recessing from Capitol Hill. The group is sending a letter making their position clear to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday, and it is expected to be signed by a broad bipartisan group.

“As much as we all wanted this over by Easter, we have to act now so folks won’t still be hurting at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Leaving D.C. with the nation’s work undone is simply not acceptable,” Upton said. “Millions of Americans are still facing enormous challenges from the COVID-19 crisis, but too many on Capitol Hill are more worried about winning their elections than governing. Politics are the only thing standing in the way of a COVID-19 relief package. The letter we are sending on Monday makes it very clear we believe we need to stay here until we pass a relief package. Our constituents do not want us home campaigning while businesses continue to shutter, families struggle to pay the bills and put food on the table, and folks continue to get sick.”

Last week, Upton and the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled the “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table.

The package addresses key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid.

The PSC framework can be seen HERE.


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