Rose Helps Unveil Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Framework, Calls for Immediate Action
Congressman has been leading calls for both parties to pass critical relief: ‘failure is not an option’
Washington, September 15, 2020
Tags: Coronavirus Resources
Photos from the press conference HERE.
Congressman Max Rose today joined bipartisan Members of Congress from the Problem Solvers Caucus to unveil its “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table. The package addresses key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid.
“What we’re showing today is a deal is not only possible, but more importantly, a deal must be possible because failure is not an option,” said Rose, a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. “This isn’t a game. This isn’t a red state or a blue state issue. This is an American issue and we must come together as Americans and get the job done: to give our state and local governments the aid they need to ensure our cops, firefighters, EMS, teachers and essential workers aren’t laid off; to provide our struggling businesses the lifeline they need to stay in business and keep employees on the payroll. We must come together to do the job we all know needs to be done.”
In light of the urgent needs facing millions of Americans, families, and small businesses, the framework is designed for a six month horizon and through the next inauguration, except for state and local funding which extends for a full year. Depending on the severity of the pandemic and if a successful vaccination program is adopted by March, 2021, a system of automatic “boosters” are designed to incrementally increase the amount of relief to individuals and families. Conversely, a system of “reducers” will decrease the total cost of the package if hospitalizations decrease and progress is made to slow the spread of COVID.
The 50-member bipartisan Caucus—25 Democrats and 25 Republicans led by Co-Chairs Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY)—developed and came together in support of the framework after extensive listening to constituents and outreach to stakeholders over the past six weeks.
Rose has consistently been pressing for substantive COVID-19 relief to help struggling workers, families, and businesses in addition to aid for state and local governments to ensure first responders and public servants aren’t fired and schools can safely reopen. Yesterday, Rose sent a letter to Congressional leadership in both parties urging them to rise above the politics and partisanship to pass substantive COVID-19 relief and to ensure government funding does not lapse at the end of the month, causing a government shutdown. 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 in June calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act swiftly.