Cicilline on CNN Newsroom

Dec 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) joined CNN Newsroom this morning to discuss last night’s House vote increasing survival checks from $600 to $2,000.

Click the following image to watch Cicilline’s interview in full. Excerpts of Cicilline’s remarks are embedded below.

“We did two important things yesterday. We overrode the President's veto of the National Defense Authorization bill to be sure, our troops get the pay raise they deserve, that we take care of our veterans, that we protect the defense of our country. And we also passed in a bipartisan way with over two thirds vote of the House to raise the survival checks to $2,000. The president says he supports that. He should be pressuring Mitch McConnell to bring that bill to the floor for a vote.”

“People are struggling. They're facing difficulties paying their bills, or paying rent or mortgage, putting food on the table. We're in the worst economic crisis of our lifetime, the worst pandemic health crisis in 100 years. The federal government needs to do more to help struggling families. The $2,000 again is a down payment, but I hope the Senate will quickly pass it and give badly needed relief to the American people.”

“Mitch McConnell has been a sort of Grim Reaper of legislation historically. There are hundreds of bills that we've passed out of the House that are sitting on his desk that he refuses to bring to the floor. This is just the most recent example, and I think whatever method they can use to force the vote on both those things is a good idea.”