Dear Colleague: Update on Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

October 20, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Since Sunday, we have been making some progress in setting forth areas of agreement and disagreement in order to decide how we can reach a compromise. 

Today, Secretary Mnuchin and I spoke at 3:00 pm.  Our conversation provided more clarity and common ground as we move closer to an agreement.  Today’s deadline enabled us to see that decisions could be reached and language could be exchanged, demonstrating that both sides are serious about finding a compromise.

On several open questions, the Secretary and I called for the committee chairs to resolve differences about funding levels and language.  Hopefully, we will receive this guidance soon so that the Secretary and I can continue our discussions tomorrow afternoon upon his return. 

The virus must be crushed so we can open our schools and our economy safely and soon.  Our heroes must be honored, our workers must be protected, and our communities of color must be respected.  All of this is even more imperative with the increase in numbers of infections, deaths, jobs lost, and millions falling into poverty.  How the funding is allocated determines how we save lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy. 

For The People, we will ensure that help is on the way.  I remain hopeful that we can reach an agreement before the election.  It will be safer, bigger, and better, and it will be retroactive.

More updates to follow. 

Thank you for your leadership. 

Stay safe.