Cicilline Statement on Stopgap COVID-19 Relief Package

Dec 21, 2020 Issues: Education, Energy, Environment, Fiscal Responsibility, Health Care, Housing, Immigration, Jobs and the Economy, Seniors

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government and provide COVID-19 relief to the American people, including survival checks and increased unemployment protections that he fought to include:

“The bill we passed tonight will provide some measure of relief, but it is nowhere close to addressing the totality of this crisis.”

“Democrats have spent the last eight months fighting to pass another relief package that includes substantial cash payments to families, increased unemployment benefits, resources for the heroes fighting on the frontlines of this pandemic, and massive investments in a nationwide testing regime and vaccine distribution. Instead of working with us, Republicans sat on their hands while hundreds of thousands of Americans died and millions more lost their jobs.”

“Congress needs to do more. That fact could not be any clearer. Many economists have said that the risk of doing too little is far greater than the risk of doing too much in this moment. In addition, public health experts predict this pandemic will continue well into 2021 and that a much more comprehensive response from Congress is needed.”

“We should heed their advice. In the months ahead, Congress must pass a larger package that provides greater relief to working people and meets the urgency of the challenges we face.”