Cicilline Floor Remarks on US Surpassing 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Sep 22, 2020

WASHINGTON – Congressman David N. Cicilline, Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) spoke on the House Floor this morning. Click the image below to watch a video of Cicilline's remarks. The full text of his speech, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email. 


David N. Cicilline Remarks on 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths
September 22, 2020

Madam Speaker, America will soon pass 200,000 deaths from COVID-19.

This pandemic is now the second-leading cause of death in our country, only behind heart disease.

This year, it will kill more Americans than lung cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and the flu.

And it didn’t have to be this way.

President Trump knew the dangers in January.

His deputy national security adviser told him to cut off travel from China. But he didn’t do that.

The next month, the President told a reporter that COVID-19 was ‘more deadly than even your most strenuous flus.’

But he didn’t tell the American people.

He did what he always does when he faces a crisis. He failed the American people.

Just yesterday, he told a crowd of his own supporters in Ohio that the disease, and I quote ‘affects virtually nobody.’

And yet nearly 200,000 have died of this disease.

He is not up to his job. He never was. It is too big for him. The American people deserve a president who will take this deadly virus seriously and has a plan to defeat it.