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Larson Blasts Senate Republicans’ COVID Bill

July 28, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) blasted the Senate Republican plan for the next COVID-19 relief bill.

“This effort is too little too late from the Senate Republicans. Ten weeks ago the House passed the Heroes Act which extends Unemployment Insurance into 2021, provides vital funding to state and local governments to pay our first responders and teachers, establishes a Hero Fund for frontline workers, expands testing and PPE production, and more. The Senate plan on the other hand falls significantly short of what’s needed. Under their proposed package, Connecticut residents would see a 43 percent cut in Unemployment Insurance benefits. The funding in the GOP package provided for testing and tracing is billions less than what the Heroes Act offers. While it provides tax cuts for corporate meals, it offers no new funding for food assistance programs at a time when food banks across the country have lines miles long,” said Larson.

“Families need childcare. Schools need plans and resources. Furloughed workers need assistance. Instead of focusing on what’s needed, the Republicans are trying to add the TRUST Act to this legislation which would fast track cuts to Social Security, instead of expanding benefits for those who need it most during COVID. I’m working with Chairman Richard Neal to make sure this doesn’t happen with our bill, Social Security COVID Correction and Equity Act, which would prevent Social Security cuts and strengthen benefits. The Senate Republicans need to stop focusing on their wish list and follow House Democrats’ lead and work for the people.”