Press Release ● Coronavirus
For Immediate Release: 
December 13, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined CNN's “Inside Politics” with Abby Phillip this morning to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 relief negotiations. Below are excerpts from his interview and a link to the video:

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“I think it's absolutely unacceptable that the Congress of the United States hasn't acted for the John Ayers of America and millions of people who are facing daunting financial challenges, daunting health challenges, psychological challenges as we see. I feel for John Ayers and all the people similarly situated. The answer to your question is we must act. It is irresponsible that we have not acted to date. It is absolutely a failure of the Congress, but I spent almost all day yesterday on the phone with Senate leaders, House leaders, people working on the compromise. The Speaker and I spent a lot of time on the phone together, and I am very hopeful that next week we will be able to act on substantial relief for John Ayers and the millions similarly situated whether they're small businesses or on unemployment or having trouble putting food on their table. It is essential that we act, and I think that based upon my conversations yesterday, I think it is certainly possible. And I'm going to be doing everything I can over the next 72 hours, 96 hours, this coming week to make sure that the House and the Senate pass legislation, and send it to the President, that gives help to the John Ayers of America.”

“I think the FDA acted in a way consistent with science not pursuant to political directives by the President of the United States. Clearly, one of your previous  guests had talked about the pandemic of misinformation. I thought it… characterized so much of the Administration's approach to meeting this crisis. The good news is the companies, the medical community, the scientific community stayed focused on doing it the right way, and I think we can have confidence in this… This may well be the beginning of getting victory over this virus.”