Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on 81 days of Senate inaction on the coronavirus relief package to help working families, as the U.S. continues to face an unprecedented health crisis during the worst economic quarter in American history.
“Senate Republicans have had over 11 weeks to take action to shield American families from the worst of this pandemic. Instead, they’ve put together a woefully insufficient package that turns its back on working Americans,” said Rep. Crist. “In that time, the U.S. has emerged as a global hot spot for the virus, federal unemployment relief has expired with millions still jobless, and evictions have begun, leaving families without a place to call home.
“At the outbreak of this pandemic, we made a commitment to American families. A commitment to safeguard and protect them from the unprecedented as best we could, and to make families whole. The People’s House has remained laser-focused on our commitment, passing The Heroes Act in May to extend federal unemployment, cut folks another round of stimulus checks, give essential workers the hazard pay they deserve, extend student loan relief, prevent evictions, support states and municipal workers, and make sure that every single person who needs a COVID test, gets a test. But our action has been met with inaction from the Senate. Now, it’s the American people who are needlessly suffering and facing the harsh reality that their relief has been allowed to dry up.
“This is not about right versus left, it’s about right versus wrong. Every day of inaction is another day that millions of American families continue to hurt through no fault of their own. Senate and White House leaders need to do what’s right for the people and agree to a deal that grants Americans the relief they need and deserve.”