Senator Cornyn

Cornyn Slams Disingenuous Pelosi, Schumer Letter on COVID Relief After Blocking Multiple Relief Bills

November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON –Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Democratic leadership’s decision to release to the media a letter to Majority Leader McConnell on coronavirus relief instead of engaging in good-faith negotiations. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“Today, the Speaker and the Democratic Leader of the Senate took the bold step, the bold step, of writing a letter to Majority Leader McConnell. Man, that was a bold step to protect the public health and protect those who through no fault of their own find themselves out of a job or in financial distress.”

“Well, I have been around here long enough to know the only reason you write a letter to somebody, and then release it to the press before it gets to its intended recipient, is for political purposes. It’s posturing. That’s what we continue to see from our friends across the aisle, is political posturing.”

“If we are serious about solving this problem, then we need to work together as we did during four separate pieces of legislation, ending with the CARES Act in late March.”

“But ever since that time, ever since we have offered additional assistance, Speaker Pelosi has shut it down. Our Democratic colleagues have all voted against it. If they were serious about it, they would have voted to get on the bill, offer amendments, try to make it better, and let the Senate do its job.”