President Trump: 'We’re turning the corner.' Mark Meadows: 'We’re not going to control the pandemic.' The Heroes Act: Crush The Virus

October 26, 2020
Press Release

Today is not a good day when it comes to the health and well-being of the American people.  We begin this week on a note of grave disappointment over the President’s reaffirmation that his purpose in installing his Supreme Court appointee is to overturn the Affordable Care Act.  We have heard the nominee say in the Senate proceedings that she could not say whether Medicare is constitutional.

At the same time, yesterday, the Administration crossed another line in its arrogance in fighting the coronavirus when the President’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said “we’re not going to control the pandemic” and again falsely claimed that the coronavirus is “just like the flu.”  That attitude clearly explains why the White House has not embraced the science-based path to crush the virus, which is contained in the Heroes Act.

This weekend, our nation passed a devastating milestone, as over 83,000 coronavirus cases were recorded on both Friday and Saturday: the highest daily tolls since the pandemic began.  The statistics are staggering: more than 8.6 million total infections, nearly one-quarter of a million Americans tragically dead, an estimated 8 million people falling into poverty, 17 million children food insecure, more than 23 million workers on unemployment, and nearly one million women leaving the workforce in September alone.

The imperative to save lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy could not be greater or more urgent.  Today, we are waiting for an important response on several concerns, including on action to crush the virus.  Ten days after Secretary Mnuchin went on CNBC to declare that he was accepting our testing plan, the Administration still refuses to do so.

Unless we have a national plan for testing, tracing, treatment, mask-wearing, social distancing and other science-based steps to crush the virus and combat the disparities facing communities of color, we cannot safely reopen our schools and economy.  In all of our legislation, we have stressed the importance of testing, but the Administration has never followed through.  The Republicans’ continued surrender to the virus – particularly amid the recent wave of cases – is official malfeasance. 

We must come to agreement as soon as possible.  But we cannot accept the Administration’s refusal to crush the virus, honor our heroes or put money in the pockets of the American people.  The Democratic message to the American people is: “Help Is on the Way. It Will Be Safer, Bigger, Better and Retroactive.”  It is a matter of life-or-death, and Democrats are deadly serious about the responsibility we face.

Updates will be ongoing.

Thank you for your leadership.  Stay safe.