Dear Colleague on Update on Coronavirus Bill Negotiation

March 22, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Today, we are finalizing our Take Responsibility for Workers and Families legislation.  As we do so, the Senate continues to engage in negotiation.  Leader McConnell had to postpone his 3 p.m. cloture vote on the motion to proceed because, thanks to Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats, he did not have the 60 votes required.

Our Committee Chairs have worked diligently to present legislation which recognizes the gravity of the coronavirus challenge.  I am writing to thank all of you for the invaluable intellectual resource that you are to meeting that challenge.  Your work during the District Work Period communicating with health care providers and institutions, small businesses, people of faith, non-profits, scientists and other stakeholders has equipped us to proceed forcefully.

There is at this time a big difference between the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act and what the Senate Republicans are proposing.  As the Senate continues to talk, we must continue to act For The People.

Last Thursday, Pope Francis offered the world this prayer: “Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know… how to care for those entrusted to their responsibility.”  Democrats Take Responsibility.

Thanks again for your dedication to the health and well-being of the American people at this sad time.