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Washington, D.C. ā€“ House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on Democrats’ decision to finally put the health of American citizens over petty politics by agreeing to a clean coronavirus spending bill.

“For the past week, I have been imploring that politics be left out when it comes to dealing with a public health crisis. Today, Democrats demonstrated they finally agree.

“The final coronavirus spending bill, agreed to by both sides, does not include partisan legislative language that would have slowed down vaccine development, procurement, and availability.

“Rather, this clean deal provides over $7 billion in emergency funding that will speed the development of vaccines, increase access to testing and treatments, and expand access to telemedicine services so more people can see their doctor remotely.

“While this deal is something to celebrate, it should have happened last week. There was no need to delay for political reasons ā€“ it was petty and unnecessary.

“In the end, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of American citizens, and Iā€™m thankful that Democrats finally backed away from their partisan charade to help deliver the clean bill they deserve.”