"The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” —Tricia Cunningham
Here’s who’s working on a COVID-19 relief deal - the Problem Solvers Caucus. We ALL wanted the COVID-19 crisis over by Easter -- but it wasn’t, and we need to take action immediately so we’re not facing the same dire challenges at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today we’re making progress on a deal to provide relief to families, schools, and small businesses. As of publication time, we heard there would not be a vote tonight on a package, but negotiations toward a bipartisan deal are continuing. Secretary Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi are continuing their conversations, and we are hopeful that we can reach a bipartisan deal between the House, Senate, and the White House. A vote on a BIPARTISAN COVID-19 relief deal could come tomorrow or even Friday.
The Problem Solvers Caucus framework we released two weeks ago served as the spark to restart these negotiations, as Secretary Mnuchin pointed out HERE. The two chairmen of PSC – Tom Reed (R-NY) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) noted they’re hopeful (which you can see HERE) – so am I. We have to keep talking. We can get a deal done. We’re not there yet – but we’re close. Stay tuned.
At the same time, we’re also working to avoid a government shutdown. Tonight, the U.S. Senate is voting on a bipartisan continuing resolution that passed the U.S. House last week. This will keep the government open through December 11, and you can see more in Roll Call HERE.
An updated on rapid COVID-19 testing. The Trump Administration has detailed the national distribution plan for the Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Card rapid test. This test is the only FDA-authorized antigen rapid point-of-care test that does not require an instrument – is easy to use, will produce COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes, and costs $5. You can read more about the Administration’s distribution plan HERE.
Johnson & Johnson made big news for west Michigan, announcing a contract with Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing to help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, and you can read more HERE.
Lastly, here are my thoughts on the debate which I shared in a statement with reporters today. I thought there might be a shortage of sand at Home Depot after the sandbox fight last night. Good grief. Folks across the board wanted a discussion on the issues – not the food fight that bloodied both sides. I also join every Americans in denouncing white supremacy, and President Trump missed an opportunity to declare such last night in a clear and convincing way.