~ On bipartisan COVID-19 relief ~
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released a statement today after congressional leaders announced a bipartisan, bicameral deal to provide emergency COVID-19 relief:
“Ten months into the pandemic, millions of American families, workers, and small businesses are still struggling. With unemployment benefits set to run out the day after Christmas and families facing eviction in the New Year, Congress cannot afford to delay help any longer. That’s why I worked with a group of my colleagues to put together a relief deal that could get bipartisan support in Congress. I’m pleased that congressional leaders took up our proposal and have finally announced long-awaited help for families, students, small businesses, health care providers, and schools to get through at least the next few months of this crisis.”
Today’s announcement was made possible in large part by the work of Sen. Warner and a group of colleagues, who broke an 8-month-long partisan logjam over relief negotiations by putting forward a bipartisan, bicameral compromise framework after Thanksgiving to provide much-needed relief to American students, families, businesses, workers, and health care providers during this crisis. The legislation announced today by congressional leaders draws heavily on the bill drafted by Sen. Warner and his colleagues.