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Rose Slams Republican COVID Relief Proposal that Includes No Funding for State and Local Governments

Congressman: ‘This proposal is proof that Mitch McConnell wants to fire cops, first responders, teachers, and those who have been on the frontlines putting their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19’

Washington, July 27, 2020

Congressman Max Rose issued the following statement slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed coronavirus relief bill which includes no direct funding for state and local governments and slashes unemployment benefits:

 

“This proposal is proof that Mitch McConnell wants to fire cops, first responders, teachers, and those who have been on the frontlines putting their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19,” Rose said. “Republicans have been twiddling their thumbs for over two months and as a result, families and working Americans will pay the price. Millions are still out of work through no fault of their own and Senate Republicans want to slash unemployment? This is a middle finger to those struggling and falls so far short of the mark it’s disgusting, wrong, and everything people hate about politics.”

 

Last month, citing the drastic budget gaps state and local governments are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rose delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act swiftly. In May, Rose helped pass the Heroes Act, which received bipartisan support and provided over $100 billion in critical relief for New York, including funding for state and local governments, extended federal unemployment benefits, protections and benefits for frontline workers, small businesses, and those hit hardest by the pandemic.

 

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