Press Release ● Coronavirus
For Immediate Release: 
August 11, 2020
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC’s Chris Jansing this afternoon to discuss the insufficient Republican response to the coronavirus pandemic and the urgent need for relief for American families.  Below are excerpts from his interview and a link to the video:
 

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On Mark Meadows and Republicans’ failure to address the coronavirus pandemic
 
“Mark Meadows was not in the first four deals that we put together. [Secretary] Mnuchin, the Speaker, [Senator] Schumer, and others participated, and we got a deal on four bills to confront the crisis, to confront the economic downturn, and to help families. We did that in a bipartisan way with overwhelming votes from Republicans and Democrats. The only thing that's new is Mark Meadows, who helped shut down the government, who opposed his own Republican Speakers often, and who simply does not want to get to ‘yes’.”
 
“We acted three months ago. Since that time, 75,000 people have died. When we acted, Majority Leader McConnell's response was, ‘let the states go bankrupt’. That was a simply horrendous observation, and a negligent reaction. And three months have gone by, we still don't have a Senate option that the Senate can pass…. But having said all of that, we need to get something done for the American people. We need to get something done to fill the vacuum of the total lack of policy and strategy of this President to meet the coronavirus crisis. He's been in denial, their party is a deeply dysfunctional party. The Senate doesn't agree with itself, they don't agree with the White House [and] it's very difficult to get a deal in that context when you have one side who can't come up with a consensus among themselves. But it is absolutely essential that we do so, and we need to include elements that Mr. Meadows does not want on the table. We need to deal with education. If you're going to go back to school, you need the resources to go back to school safely. We need to make sure our people are fed, and do the nutritional aid that is needed. We need to make sure that families have that sustenance they've had, and, yes, we need unemployment insurance at a rate that will make sure families don't fall through the cracks.”
 
On the President considering restricting American citizens from entering into the U.S.
 
“What I'm worried about are the people in the United States who are getting coronavirus, transmitting coronavirus. Those 75,000 people who have died since we passed our bill. That's what the President ought to be focused on. But what is he focused on? He's focused on people coming into this country. He doesn't want people to come into this country. In this case, it's Americans. In this case, it's people who are authorized to come into this country. It is a total distraction, and the same kind of negligence and incompetence that we've seen, which is why we are the worst performer in the world in dealing with this virus.”