Press Release ● Coronavirus
For Immediate Release: 
July 13, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined “MSNBC Live with Katy Tur” this afternoon to discuss Senate Republicans’ failure to respond to the coronavirus crisis and urge Senate action on the Heroes Act. Below are excerpts from his interview and a link to the video:
      


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“I think the Senate is under a lot of pressure. I think the Republican Senators are under a lot of pressure… Mitch McConnell, whose original response was, ‘let the states go bankrupt,’ was a response the American people thought was totally irresponsible and insensitive to the needs of the states and the localities to respond, continue to respond to this virus… I think he's getting a lot of pressure from his own Senators to either pass the Heroes Act or pass a bill and go to conference so that we can give relief to Americans who need it now, not later, not 30 days from now, 45 days from now, but now. As you point out, unemployment insurance expires, and we have extended unemployment insurance to the end of the year. We also have made sure that the states and localities had money; that there was money for testing, treatment, tracing, and isolation. So that the failure of the Senate to act, and I might say that the Minority Leader in the House as well as Mitch McConnell have said oh well, let's wait and see. Well, we waited. We have seen, and people are dying. And people are getting sicker in numbers out of proportion to the rest of the world. So that action now is absolutely essential if we act responsibly on behalf of the American people.”
  
“Every economist I have talked to, Katy, says that if you don't [invest substantially to assist Americans], the cost of inaction will be far greater than the cost of investing in making sure that we keep businesses at least viable so there's a job to go back to, to keep families and individuals from falling through the cracks. So that the investments we have made, every economist has said were absolutely essential if we were not going to make this even worse by our inaction.”
 
“The Senate ought to either pass our bill or pass their own bill and send it back to us and we'll have a conference and try to figure out quickly -- quickly the best road to take. But doing nothing is not an option accepted for the American people, nor ought to be.” ...