Pelosi Statement on Republicans Blocking Relief for Airline Workers

October 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after House Republicans blocked consideration of a measure to deliver urgently-needed relief to the tens of thousands of airline workers at imminent risk of furloughs and firing:

“Tens of thousands of airline workers stand on the brink of being fired, losing their certification requirements and seeing their livelihoods and financial security ripped away.  Today, Democrats provided a path forward to avert catastrophe for these workers.  Chairman DeFazio requested unanimous consent for his stand-alone bipartisan bill to extend the Payroll Support Program.  Disappointingly, Republicans objected to the legislation.

“Again and again, Democrats offer legislation to save lives and livelihoods, only to be met by more Republican obstruction.  Either Republicans are not serious about meeting the staggering health and economic challenge facing our nation, or they do not care.

“Democrats will continue our efforts to provide direly-needed relief for airline workers.”